The Federal Reserve System is the central bank of the United States. It was created by the Congress to provide the nation with a safer, more flexible, and more stable monetary and financial system. In addition to regulating economy, the branches of the Federal Reserve perform economic research, including information about COVID-19. 

Framed against the background of the AIDs crisis of the 90s, the characters of Jonathan Larson’s hit musical RENT declare in the opening number that, “Everything is rent.” Today, the economic circumstances caused by COVID-19 is bringing this truism to light, as tenants’ financial ability to inhabit the spaces in which they live and work are challenged, portending major shifts in local economies. 


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