The state of Indiana implemented an eviction moratorium that ran from March 19 to August 14, 2020. Courts in St. Joseph County (South Bend) have been accepting new eviction filings and processing cases since that moratorium lifted.
More detail on eviction protections in Indiana can be found on the COVID-19 Housing Policy Scorecard.
* Filings in the last week may be undercounted as a result of processing delays. These counts will be revised in the following week.
Eviction filings in South Bend ran above historical averages in January and February of 2020.1 They dropped in March and ran well below average in April and May. Filings jumped immediately after the state-wide moratorium was lifted in August, but have remained below historical averages.
Eviction filings aren’t spread evenly across cities: a small number of buildings are responsible for a disproportionate share of eviction cases. This pattern, which existed before the pandemic, has continued in 2020 and 2021. We analyzed eviction records in St. Joseph County to determine where the most cases are being filed during the pandemic. This is a list of eviction hot spots—the 10 buildings responsible for the most filings—over the course of the full pandemic and over the last eight weeks. We also display the plaintiff name most often listed with a given building in the court filings.
St. Joseph County is divided into 75 census tracts. In each of those tracts, we map the number of eviction filings over the last four weeks. If you toggle below you can see these numbers as eviction filing rates—the number of eviction filings divided by the number of renter households in the area—or compared to the typical number of filings in the average year.1 2
American Community Survey (ACS) data allow us to categorize neighborhoods by their racial/ethnic majority: White, Black, Latinx, or Other/None. Under normal circumstances, most evictions in South Bend are filed in neighborhoods that are majority-white. Since March 2020, eviction filings have dropped across all neighborhoods, though they have increased back closer to historical averages in recent months.
When you toggle the figure to see data relative to average, comparisons are being drawn—within the same set of neighborhoods defined by racial/ethnic majority—between filings in 2020-2021 and average filings in 2016–2019.1