- Created: Wednesday, 18 April 2018 16:38
- Written by Gabriela Norton
In 2017, MHP and Alliance Housing hosted Matthew Desmond, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, in Minneapolis. In his presentation and panel discussion, Desmond revealed the impact of this often overlooked housing crisis on families and communities. This month, Desmond and his team of researchers released an unprecedented tool and data resource, the Eviction Lab.
Nationally, 898,479 evictions took place in 2016, with a rate of 2.34 evictions occurring per 100 renter households. Eviction rates are currently highest in the Southeast of the US, ranking highest in the states of South Carolina (8.87%), Virginia (5.12%), Delaware (5.1%), Georgia (4.17%), North Carolina (4.61%). Minnesota ranks 44th for national eviction rate.
According to the Evictions Lab data, 10 evictions took place every day in Minnesota in 2016 — representing an eviction rate of .59 per 100 renter homes. From 2000 to 2016, evictions peaked in 2004 (11,272) and 2007 (10,686), and have fallen dramatically in recent years to 3,377 in 2016. And not all eviction filings lead to households being forced to vacate their homes; in 2016, approximately 25% of filings saw actual evictions a rate that has fallen from 56% in 2007.