Tenants at the Woodner Apartments in northwest D.C. protest evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Courtesy photo via Facebook)
Tenants at the Woodner Apartments in northwest D.C. protest evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Courtesy photo via Facebook)

Children and families in the D.C. metropolitan area are languishing during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new national study.

The state-by-state study released Tuesday by the Save the Children organization found that the District ranked 42nd nationwide in terms of the study’s three major categories — childhood hunger, ease of remote learning and ability to meet financial obligations — WTOP reported Tuesday. Virginia ranked 11th and Maryland ranked 34th.

The study also found that 45% of D.C. families are in arrears with their rent.

A large number of District residents and Marylanders — 46.6% and 45%, respectively — generally had trouble paying bills.

While the study said two-thirds of U.S. families are having difficulty making ends meet during the pandemic, children and families in the Black and Latino communities, those in rural areas and low-income households are especially affected.

As far as food scarcity is concerned, both the District and Maryland report 22% of residents struggling in that category, according to the study.

The three D.C.-area jurisdictions had similar per capita coronavirus cases from Jan. 21 to Dec. 31, with the District having 4,075 coronavirus cases per 100,000. Maryland had 4,576 and Virginia posted 4,096.

WI Guest Author

This correspondent is a guest contributor to The Washington Informer.

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