Financial Strain and Material Hardship in the New England States During the COVID-19 Pandemic Financial Strain and Material Hardship in the New England States During the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Richard Rodems and Marybeth J. Mattingly

In this brief, the authors use Census Pulse data to document changes in resources used to pay regular bills across the Covid-19 pandemic. They also examine how food insecurity and late or skipped housing payments are impacting individuals across the region. Findings suggest that although many have lost employment income and hardships are persistently high, New Englanders are generally faring better than those living in other regions.