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Jan. 30-Feb. 5 Explained: Tenant Cities, An 'Educational Emergency' & Public Transit Ridership

Jay Manning
Public Source
Denied of the CARES Rent Relief Program, DaJuan Davis is at risk of being evicted from his current home.

On this week's Explainer:

About one in five American renters are behind on rent payments, according to new data from the Center on Budget and Policy priorities. WESA economic reporter Kate Giammarise and Public Source’s Rich Lord report federal money meant to help people who have lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic stay in their homes, has often not reached those who need it most.

This week Pittsburgh Public Schools administrators proposed closing some schools, opening others and reorganizing the district’s feeder pattern, reports education reporter Sarah Schneider. Meanwhile, government and accountability reporter Ariel Worthy looks into why two Pittsburgh City Councilors want to declare a "state of educational emergency."

A recent analysis of ridership in 2020 by the Port Authority of Allegheny County found that due to a decrease in the number of people riding the bus and the T, revenue had fallen significantly. Government and accountability reporter Margaret J. Krauss looked into the findings, which include that low-income people and minorities were disproportionately impacted by the decline.

Pittsburgh Explainer is hosted this week by Marylee Williams and produced by Katie Blackley. New episodes come out every Friday. Listen on the NPR One app or subscribe on iTunesGoogle PlayStitcherSpotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.

Katie Blackley is a digital editor/producer for 90.5 WESA, where she writes, edits and generates both web and on-air content for features and daily broadcast. She's the producer and host of our Good Question! series and podcast. She also covers history and the LGBTQ community. kblackley@wesa.fm
Liz Reid began working at WESA in 2013 as a general assignment reporter and weekend host. Since then, she’s worked as the Morning Edition producer, health & science reporter and as an editor.