City Life / Vida Urbana
Produced by #UnequalCities Network organization City Life / Vida Urbana
Abstract: The goal of this report is to provide rigorous research to systematically analyze who faces evictions in Boston. Using eviction records from Boston Housing Court (2014 – 2016) merged with data on neighborhood characteristics from the U.S. Census Bureau and property assessment data from the Boston Assessing Department, this report identifies patterns in the neighborhoods and properties most affected by evictions. Among other results, we find that eviction filings are disproportionately affecting neighborhoods of color, particularly neighborhoods with a large share of Black renters. We suggest a variety of paths forward to mitigate the chronic housing instability faced by Boston’s communities of color.