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Eviction in Washington, DC: Racial and Geographic Disparities in Housing Instability

The damage to our economy and the dramatic increase in unemployment caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have generated anxiety about an anticipated wave of evictions in the District of Columbia when the city's eviction moratorium eventually expires.  But how much do we really know about evictions in DC - a process that each year impacts 1 out of every 9 renter households in DC?  

The Georgetown University DC Policy Initiative and McCourt School of Public Policy have organized a forum on October 22d where professors Eva Rosen and Brian McCabe will share the findings of their report Eviction in Washington, DC: Racial and Geographic Disparities in Housing Instability. The report has received significant media coverage, including in The Washington Post and DCist.

Utilizing data from the court system to track both eviction filings and formal evictions from 2014 to 2018, Professors Rosen and McCabe found deep racial and geographic disparities - with high degrees of concentration in the rates of filings and formal evictions in Wards 7 and 8 - and identified several problematic aspects of the process even before the pandemic.

After a presentation of the report, Adrianne Todman (National Association of Housing Redevelopment Officials), will moderate a discussion by a panel of housing experts - Polly Donaldson (DC Department of Housing and Community Development); Beth Mellen (Legal Aid Society of DC); Randi Marshall (Apartment and Office Building Association); and Ashley Haun, (Lerch, Early & Brewer).



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