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09.02.20

Cleveland Fed launches new effort to measure eviction filings in 63 US jurisdictions

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Evictions are a serious risk for households facing job loss and economic upheaval during the COVID-19 pandemic. To understand how the crisis is affecting evictions, weekly eviction data are now being updated and charted regularly on the Cleveland Fed’s website.

The expanded data captures weekly eviction filing counts for 63 jurisdictions across the US, representing approximately 13 percent of renter households in the country. The new data allows users to examine individual jurisdictions’ year-over-year change in eviction filings, and the change in filing activity by eviction policy type. These data will help policymakers understand how evictions are affected by changing local, state, and national policy, including the recent eviction moratorium issued by the CDC.

“Between August 15 and August 21, average eviction filings fell to 64.7 percent below their levels one year ago in the cities and counties that currently have no blanket eviction bans in place,” says the author. “Average eviction filings in places with hearing bans only fell to 49.4 percent below their levels one year ago, while filings in places with at least a filing ban fell to 89.6 percent below their levels one year prior.”

To learn more about the methods used to develop the expanded data, and to read an in-depth analysis of policy effects on eviction filings, see Measuring Evictions during the COVID-19 Crisis.

View the current data here.

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