Evictions have doubled in the United States since 2000

Given the current economic climate, it is unlikely that these rates will fall anytime soon.

News Story (NATIONAL)

Ashley Archibald
Street Roots
June 8, 2018

Tags: Housing: Eviction

Organizations mentioned/involved: South Carolina Legal Services, Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation (AVLF), King County Housing Justice Project (WA), Legal Action Center (WA), National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel (NCCRC)


In the 10 major cities with the highest eviction rates, according to Eviction Lab data, five had larger populations of black residents than White ones. In one of those cities — Warren, Mississippi — the percentage of black residents (48.3 percent) was just 0.8 percent lower than white residents (49.1 percent). This in a country in which black people make up 12.6 percent of the entire population.

In only one of these cities — Chesapeake, Virginia — did black residents make up less than 40 percent of the population.

In a study published in 2016 in the Harvard Civil Rights Civil Liberties Law Review examining the connection between racial discrimination and evictions, Desmond and fellow researchers Deena Greenberg and Carl Gershenson reported that previous studies of U.S. cities found that 80 percent of people facing eviction were people of color. In a Philadelphia study, 70 percent of people facing eviction were found to be women of color.