Renters in Chicago’s black neighborhoods 4 times as likely to face eviction as those in white areas

Fair housing advocates said the racial disparity in eviction filings is linked to poverty, instability and other historical racial dynamics that warrant further exploration.

News Story (Illinois)

Javonte Anderson
Chicago Tribune
May 16, 2019

Tags: Housing: Eviction

Organizations mentioned/involved: Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing


In African American neighborhoods like Williams’ South Chicago, landlords file for evictions at a substantially higher rate than in other parts of the city, according to a new report from the Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing, a local housing advocacy organization that reviewed nearly 300,000 Cook County eviction court records for 2010 through 2017. In 2017, landlords in majority-African American neighborhoods filed for evictions four times more often than in white neighborhoods, the report found.

“This is not acceptable,” said Randall Leurquin of the Lawyers’ Committee, who analyzed the data for the report.

“We have a requirement to affirmatively further fair housing, and that’s just not about obtaining a house, it’s also about maintaining a house,” he said.