Measuring the Economic Impact of COVID-19 on Survivors of Color

This report, produced by Me Too and Free From, analyzes data collected from over 700 surveys that asked individuals about their status as survivors and the financial impacts of the pandemic on their lives. The findings show that survivors of color who are essential workers are especially at risk of facing pronounced food and housing insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic with nearly twice as many survivors of color experiencing high economic insecurity during the pandemic compared with white survivors. The pandemic poses a dire threat to the well-being and economic futures of survivors who are most marginalized. This report makes seven policy recommendations for addressing the socio-economic effects of COVID-19 on survivors of SV and IPV. These include investments in housing, healthcare, childcare, and programs that enable survivors’ financial freedom.