The Equity Center, U.Va.

The Equity Center

A UVA Democracy Initiative center for the redress of inequity through community-engaged scholarship



Covid-19 Shelter in Place Burden

Overview: This work began from conversations with emergency operations team members in the City, County, and among service providers in early May -- seeking to understand the immediate needs around sheltering in place. Our partners helped identify the hurdles to successfully sheltering in place they were seeing in their communities, and the Equity Center team worked to translate those insights into key indicators. After some analysis of these measures, we developed an index for our region and built a Shelter in Place Ease/Burden resource for our planning district. The goal was to make more apparent the very different experiences members of our community were having as a result of shelter in place orders.

Michele Claibourn and Sam Powers, “How Easily Can You Shelter in Place?” The Equity Center, A UVA Democracy Initiative Center for the Redress of Inequity through Community-Engaged Scholarship, 2020,