News Release

UnidosUS Virtual Townhall Shows COVID-19 Leaves Latino Renters Particularly Vulnerable

“COVID-19 Crisis – What is Happening to Latino Renters” tonight at 6 p.m. ET

September 30, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC— UnidosUS (formerly National Council of La Raza), the nation’s largest Latino civil rights organization, will host a virtual town hall tonight at 6 pm ET titled, “COVID-19 Crisis— What is Happening to Latino Renters” detailing the country’s current housing crisis and its disproportionate impact on Latino renters.

U.S. Rep. Jesús G. "Chuy" García and MEDA CEO Luis Granados will join affected Latino renters as part of this panel discussion focused on making sure Latino families can stay safely at home during the pandemic. The virtual event will be moderated by Linda Yvette Chavez and Marvin Lemus, the creators of the Netflix series “Gentefied.”

"Latino families across this country are currently in fear of losing their homes because they're unable to pay their rents," said UnidosUS President and CEO Janet Murguía. "Evicting people from their houses during a pandemic will put people at higher risk of COVID-19 and is an egregious action to take against people who have lost wages or jobs due to this pandemic. The Latino community, which has been disproportionately affected, needs immediate solutions from the state and federal government to prevent evictions and keep them safe."

Tonight’s event coincides with the release of the UnidosUS report, Struggling to Stay Home: Latino Renters in the COVID-19 Pandemic, which further illustrates the dire housing situation facing Hispanics across the country. During the pandemic’s peak, more Latino renters said they could not make rent the previous month compared to the general population, as nearly one in three Latinos recently reported to be behind on their rent payments.

Please click here if you are interested in registering for the event and see more details below:


WHAT:COVID-19 Crisis – What is Happening to Latino Renters
WHEN:Wednesday, September 30, 2020, 6 PM ET
WHO:Janet Murguía, President and CEO, UnidosUS
Jesús G. "Chuy" García, Congressman of Illinois' 4th Congressional District
Luis Granados, CEO Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) and UnidosUS Board Member
Moderators: Linda Yvette Chavez and Marvin Lemus, creators of the Netflix series “Gentefied.”

UnidosUS, previously known as NCLR (National Council of La Raza), is the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. Through its unique combination of expert research, advocacy, programs, and an Affiliate Network of nearly 300 community-based organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico, UnidosUS simultaneously challenges the social, economic, and political barriers that affect Latinos at the national and local levels. For more than 50 years, UnidosUS has united communities and different groups seeking common ground through collaboration, and that share a desire to make our country stronger. For more information on UnidosUS, visit or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Michael Krumholtz