PROJECTEviction Prevention and Diversion

Seattle Washington circa May 2020 Aerial view of downtown Cascade neighborhood showing many condo and apartment buildings.

The growing housing affordability crisis has left many renters struggling to pay rent and facing the risk of being evicted from their homes. Having an eviction on record makes it significantly harder for families to secure future housing, which in turn prolongs the health and economic impacts of their instability. The COVID-19 pandemic made these challenges even worse as already-cost-burdened renters faced income loss and other economic hardships, pushing many to the brink of eviction.

Urban Institute experts are quantifying the risks and impacts of eviction across the country and evaluating the impacts of new programs designed to keep families stably housed.



Identifying who is facing the effects of eviction

Understanding how to stop eviction and its impacts

Learning about landlord and renter behavior

Urban Institute experts who work in this area

Mary Cunningham
Monique King-Viehland
Laurie Goodman
Solomon Greene
Kate Reynolds
Samantha Batko
Mark Treskon
Jung Hyun Choi
Abby Boshart
Daniel Pang
Fay Walker
Eleanor Noble
Jessica Perez

Research Areas Housing Housing finance Families
Tags Evictions Housing affordability COVID-19
Policy Centers Research to Action Lab Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center Housing Finance Policy Center