How extreme heat threatens Black renters, and what policymakers can do to fix it
This research report by Hannah Stephens, Manann Donoghoe, and Andre M. Perry highlights the disproportionate impact of extreme heat and energy insecurity on Black renters in the United States. It reveals that in 2020, Black renters experienced greater energy insecurity compared to white renters and homeowners, which poses significant health risks and impedes wealth-building. The report emphasizes the historical connection between racial disparities, housing policies, and vulnerability to extreme heat. It suggests state and local government interventions that could address these issues, including energy bill assistance, home retrofitting, neighborhood heat resilience investments, and expanding access to affordable, renewable energy sources. While funding for such solutions exists, they are often not directly targeted at Black renters, despite their high vulnerability. The report calls for a more reparative approach to climate policies to address these disparities effectively.