Evictions in Boston: The Disproportionate Effects of Forced Moves on Communities of Color
Released in June 2020, this report is a collaboration between researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the non-profit organization City Life/Vida Urbana. This report provides rigorous research, systematically analyzing who faces evictions in Boston.
Download this report to explore findings such as:
- Over 2/3 (70%) of market-rate eviction filings are in census tracts where the majority of residents are people of color (even though only about half of city’s rental housing is in these areas).
- Over 1/3 (37%) of market-rate eviction filings occur in neighborhoods in which a majority of residents are Black (though only 18% of rental housing is in these neighborhoods).
- Market-rate eviction filings are more likely to occur in census tracts where there’s a larger share of Black renters, controlling for other variables in predictive models, such as median household income.
- During the COVID-19 pandemic and before the evictions moratorium, over 3/4 (78%) of all evictions filed in Boston were in census tracts where the majority of residents are people of color.