Story: Three Black families face eviction in the time of coronavirus

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These are the stories of three Black households in Nashville, Cincinnati, and Newark, each of whom confront the housed-to-homeless pipeline that runs through civil courts. Hear their stories and learn how a patchwork of eviction prevention measures at the federal, state and local level are affecting them. Courtesy of Law360.

“How we giving out rules that say, ‘You can’t do this. You can’t do that,’ and then they’re doing it anyway and then there’s no answer for it?”

— Omar Byrd, Nashville resident, after his landlord unlawfully locked him out of his apartment

A video by Law360

Facing Eviction in the Time of Coronavirus, By Annie Pancak and RJ Vogt | July 13, 2020

By the end of this week, courts in at least 39 states will be accepting eviction lawsuits — often heard remotely due to the pandemic — against tenants behind on their rent.

People of color, and especially Black women, have historically faced these suits at twice the rate of other renters; they are also twice as likely to report rent insecurity during the pandemic and three times as likely to face COVID-19 infections.

This summer, Law360 traveled to Nashville, Tennessee; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Newark, New Jersey, to document the impact different federal, state and local eviction prevention measures are having on three Black households.

These are the stories we found.