Charlotte-Mecklenburg Evictions: Part 2: Mapping Evictions

Report by Ashley Williams Clark, Katie Zager, Justin Lane, Laura Simmons

UNC Charlotte Urban Institute   (Charlotte)

The report is the second of three on the topic and the first time Mecklenburg County eviction data have been mapped at the neighborhood level. The report shows where formal evictions occur, and it links eviction data with Quality of Life Explorer data to explore the characteristics of neighborhoods with high and low rates of evictions.

The report lets us see a geospatial pattern of evictions in Mecklenburg County in which not all residents have access to the same opportunities for long-term housing stability.

These spatial patterns echo other patterns related to wealth, education, housing and health that reflect a history of discriminatory policies and practices that disproportionately affected households of color and households living in poverty.

Although mapping evictions helps us see the problem better, it also provides insight into possible solutions. Place-based subsidized housing was found to be associated with a lower rate of complaints in summary ejectment, suggesting the role of housing assistance, including subsidies, in stabilizing households and neighborhoods.

To read the full report, click here. To access the toolkit and learn how to convert this information into action, click here.