Instability Grows As Louisville Eviction Rate Doubles National Average

Each year, an average of 7,500 households are evicted in Jefferson County, a rate that in 2016 was more than two times the national average, according to eviction data provided by researchers at Princeton University’s Eviction Lab.

Audio, News Story (Kentucky)

Jacob Ryan, Alexandra Kanik
WFPL (Louisville)
July 5, 2018

Tags: Housing: Eviction

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Society (LASLOU) (Louisville, KY)


A signed eviction order often sends people into a seven-day scramble to pack belongings and find a new place to live, said Stewart Pope, advocacy director at Louisville’s Legal Aid Society, a group that provides legal services to poor residents.

Many people are already behind on rent and don’t have the money for a security deposit and the first and last month’s rent — payments often required upon move-in, he said.

“They could easily end up without their own place to live,” Pope said. “They could end up living in a car or a shelter.”