To prevent evictions, cities should take a multifaceted approach, NLC report says

(SMART CITIES) Jason Plautz, February 7, 2022

Dive Brief:

  • After the expiration of the federal eviction moratorium and most state-level protections, local governments have a key role to play in stemming the eviction crisis, according to a new report from the National League of Cities. 
  • Because they are closer to the renters and landlords, local governments can tailor eviction policies to the “unique needs of their community” that also address racial equity and lived experiences, the report finds. But crafting a strategy can require more data than many governments have.
  • The report identifies a variety of strategies to prevent evictions, including strengthening just-cause policies, legal assistance, hotlines and financial assistance. However, the report also notes the importance of expunging court records of eviction proceedings and offering resources and support after evictions to make it easier for people to find affordable housing.

Source: Smart Cities