Community Developments: New Data on Court-ordered Evictions, Research on Barriers to Inclusion
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- The Eviction Lab at Princeton University has released data on all recorded court-ordered evictions that occurred between 2000 and 2016 in the U.S., with the goal of estimating the prevalence of court-ordered evictions and observing eviction trends over time and across geography. (Eviction Lab, April 6) The new data, which was assembled from 83 million court records related to eviction cases, show that nearly 900,000 eviction judgments were recorded in 2016, which means that landlords were given the legal right to remove at least one in 50 renter households in the communities covered by the analysis. The data also suggest that the most pervasive problems are not necessarily in the most expensive regions, showing that evictions are accumulating across the country. (The NYT Upshot, April 7)
- Last week the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) released three new papers that explore the challenges to overcoming barriers to inclusion in neighborhoods. The papers, which were presented at JCHS’ symposium on “A Shared Future: Fostering Communities of Inclusion in an Era of Inequality,” look at strategies for: enabling housing subsidies to overcome barriers to inclusion in all neighborhoods, using federal housing subsidies to provide families with broader neighborhood choice; and expanding access to homeownership to foster integration and inclusion. (JCHS, April 6)
- New York State’s Statewide Source of Income Coalition, which is led by the Fair Housing Justice Center, Enterprise Community Partners, ERASE Racism and the New York Housing Conference, is renewing a push for the adoption of a statewide bill that would end all forms of income discrimination against renters in the state. The coalition supports a new bill - introduced last month by Brooklyn Assemblyman Walter Mosley – that would outlaw source of income discrimination against renters across the state, with certain exceptions like cases in which the two-family buildings are owner-occupied. Several local governments have passed their own bills in recent years, but this is the first time the issue has been taken up on the state level since 2010, when a virtually identical bill was vetoed by then-Governor David Paterson. (The Real Deal, April 6)
- On April 10, the Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding (CHCDF) is organizing a “Day of Thanks” to show gratitude to members of Congress who helped secure a 10 percent increase in federal funding for HUD’s programs in fiscal year (FY) 2018. Advocates can call, email or tweet at their Congressmembers to thank them for securing these important increases to affordable housing and community development investments; sign on to a national letter that urges Members to ensure that affordable housing and community development programs receive the highest allocation of discretionary funds possible in FY 19 appropriations; and plan for the Our Homes, Our Voices National Housing Week of Action between May 1-8.
- The first Opportunity Zones nomination deadline has passed and governors who have requested a 30-day extension have until April 20 to submit their recommendations for Zone designations to Treasury. On Wednesday April 25, Enterprise is hosting a webinar on “Analyzing Opportunity Zone Nominations and What States Should Do Next”. It will analyze the results of Zone nominations in select states and discuss ideas for local policies and programs that could maximize the benefit of investments incented through Opportunity Zones. Register here for the webinar.
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