|Adam Porton,Ashley Gromis,James Hendrickson,Katie Krywokulski,Lavar Edmonds,Lillian Leung,Matthew Desmond
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“Today, the majority of poor renting families in America spend over half of their income on housing costs, and eviction is transforming their lives. Yet little is known about the prevalence, causes, and consequences of housing insecurity. To bring this hidden problem into the light the Eviction Lab at Princeton University has published, mapped, and visualized the first ever nationwide dataset of evictions in America.”
The Eviction Lab team.
Eviction Lab is a trans-disciplinary project based at Princeton University and formed by sociologists, statisticians, economists, journalists, and web designers, as well as community members to document the rising crisis of affordable housing across the United States in real time. Through a rigorous methodology, they have collected over 80 million eviction court records, organized them in an open dataset which has been crossed with demographic data from the Census, and georeferenced on an interactive map to visualize and try to explain this complex phenomenon as it intersects with other sociopolitical and economic conditions. In the Map & Data platform, people can create custom maps, charts, and reports, discover new facts about how eviction is shaping their community, and use that information to raise awareness and think of new solutions to this critical issue.