The rapid rise and spread of COVID-19 is shining a bright light on deeply embedded inequities in society and the economy. But these disparities existed long before the pandemic. And in Florida, a state with one of the highest levels of income inequality in the nation and one of the highest rates of uninsured residents, these impacts are amplified.
According to the United Way ALICE report, 50 percent of families in Broward County don’t have enough for a “survival budget”— necessities like rent, childcare, and transportation. For these households, heeding advice from the Centers for Disease Control to stock up on essential items such as food and medications is difficult, if not impossible.