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The New York Times Profiles The Eviction Lab

The New York Times has chosen Richmond, VA (listed at #2 in our Eviction Rankings) as the focus of a front-page story, which also profiles Matthew Desmond and The Eviction Lab’s work in collecting over 83 million eviction records from across the country. The article details the “churning machine” of evictions in Richmond, driven by a court system that is often as inscrutable to tenants as it is unsparingly efficient in rendering judgments.

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Welcome to the Eviction Lab. Let’s Get to Work!

Imagine if we didn’t know how many Americans were incarcerated each year or how many dropped out of high school, got divorced, or lost their job. If we don’t know how big a problem something is, where it is happening, or how many families are touched by it, then how can we begin the critical work of finding solutions?

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The Eviction Lab Teacher's Guide

Evictionlab.org can be a resource for teachers working with students on data analysis, public policy, social studies, and more. Students in service organizations or those who act as representatives to local governing bodies may also benefit from learning about housing issues in their community. We would love to hear from teachers who use evictionlab.

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Our Methodology Report

In recent years, renters’ housing costs have far outpaced their incomes, driving a nationwide affordability crisis. Current data from the American Housing Survey show that most poor renting families spend at least 50 percent of their income on housing costs. Under these conditions, 1 millions of Americans today are at risk of losing their homes through eviction.

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A Note to Researchers

As mentioned in our Welcome blog post, we’re offering the full Eviction Lab dataset to enable research on housing, eviction, and inequality in America. If you use Eviction Lab data, please let us know! Share your findings with us by emailing research@evictionlab.org. We may feature your study on this website and look forward to learning from your work.

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