Why are eviction filings down?

CityLab Daily

New questions: U.S. cities have been bracing for a wave of evictions, with a pandemic stimulus bill in limbo and the expiration of a federal moratorium on evictions. But surprisingly, the expected "tsunami" of evictions has yet to crest the shores of America's hard-hit cities: With a few exceptions, eviction filings are far below historical levels in cities across the country, Kriston Capps reports. 

In July, for example, evictions were low compared to a 2012-2016 baseline in 16 of 17 cities examined by Princeton's Eviction Lab. Over the first week of August, eviction filings were also down in every city except for one.

Evictions data isn't available on a national level, and most housing advocates say it's only a matter of time before evictions begin to spike. Still, Capps writes, available data raises questions: "What if there isn't actually a 'tsunami'? What if a wave of housing insecurity takes a different shape than some projections might have imagined?" Today on CityLab: Across American Cities, Evictions Are Down

-Alex Wittenberg

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