Advancing eviction data work

New America is leading a national network of agencies, research labs, courts, and nonprofits improve the landscape of eviction data. Policymakers and service providers need better data about what kinds of evictions are being filed, what happens to the cases, what happens to the people, and where these evictions are happening.

Who are some of the groups working to improve the eviction data landscape?

  • National government agencies like HUD (especially their Office of PD&R) or Department of Treasury
  • University labs like Princeton Eviction Lab and Stanford Legal Design Lab
  • National Center for State Courts
  • Foundations and nonprofits like Pew Charitable Trusts, Urban Institute
  • County courts
  • Legal aid groups like ACLU

Courts specifically, with the help of the Eviction Diversion Initiative of the NCSC, are using data sharing and analysis to:

  • Do proactive outreach to people being sued for eviction, by groups like legal aid groups and community workers, so they’re more likely to participate in court
  • Coordinate with rental assistance programs, so people aren’t being evicted while waiting on a rent application
  • Understand outcomes and trends in how evictions are proceeding

What data could be collected by the courts, that would allow for better understanding, outreach, services, and outreach?

  1. Quantity of filings, type of filings
  2. Demographics, about users, their race, gender, location, language spoken
  3. Circumstances, about why they are in court — the reason that there is a conflict
  4. Goals and needs, about what they need to get to housing stability
  5. Referrals, about how often courts are connecting people to stabilizing resources
  6. Outcomes, about the impact or success of programs

You can read more about what’s happening with eviction data in some recent reports:

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