The city of Boston’s initiatives to increase income-restricted housing have provided affordable spots, especially important during a time where job loss can mean missing rent payments and subsequent eviction. But displacement still persists, and the city is working to keep struggling residents in their homes.
To examine how dire the situation is, anti-eviction advocates at City Life/Vida Urbana partnered with MIT to produce a study on eviction during the pandemic and found that, though eviction moratoriums were in place at the federal and local level, evictions still occurred the most in communities of color.
Even though only 40% of all rental housing, not just income-restricted housing, is located in Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan and Hyde Park, 64% of all eviction filings occurred in these neighborhoods during the height of the pandemic.
“Boston’s communities of color need and deserve stable housing in the pandemic. But 7 out of 10 eviction filings
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