Vulnerable Populations

Social vulnerabilities like poverty, lack of language access, a history of racial disenfranchisement and lack of access to housing put people at an increased disadvantage to crises like the COVID-19 pandemic. The resources in this section provide targeted strategies city leaders can employ to support these groups, their caregivers and their communities. We must prioritize equity in our response to COVID-19.

People Experiencing Incarceration

As states and local governments declare shelter-in-place orders and shut down non-essential businesses, cities have begun to alter practices in order to support social or physical distancing and related measures in response to COVID-19. In many cases, these alterations continue efforts underway to retool local public safety efforts.

Digital Divide

Schools and businesses being forced to close due to the spread of COVID-19 poses great challenges for cities, towns and villages. Much of the workforce and education system going strictly online is a serious disadvantage for Americans without a stable or reliable connection to the internet. Without vigorous local involvement, American communities and neighborhoods are at risk of an increase in the digital divide.