Evictions in Boston: The Disproportionate Effects of Forced Moves on Communities of Color

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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.