The recession caused by the coronavirus has in a mere few weeks put millions of Americans out of work and under severe financial strain, including keeping a roof over their head.  Exhibit A: As of April 5, some 31% of the U.S. households that rent hadn’t paid it for the month, the National Multifamily Housing Council said in a report Wednesday that tracks how the pandemic is affecting the housing market. “The COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in significant health and financial challenges for apartment residents and multifamily owners, operators and employees in communities across the country,” NMHC President Doug Bibby said in a statement.  Although 69% of renting households were able to pay the April rent, that was down from 81% the prior month, according to the group, whose data cover 40 million renters. Renters in Louisiana and New York saw the biggest increase of unpaid April rent.Those financial struggles come as millions of workers around the country are being laid off, with most of the country shuttering all but essential businesses in an effort to contain the virus that causes COVID-19. Economists expect the nation’s unemployment rate to shoot up this month into double-digits.Concerns about people keeping a roof over their head has led


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