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Stability Support


Updated 11/18/2021

"An eviction happens when a landlord expels people from property he or she owns. Evictions are landlord-initiated involuntary moves that happen to renters, whereas foreclosures are involuntary moves that happen to homeowners when a bank or other lending agency repossesses a home." (Eviction lab, 2018)

The formal eviction rate is displayed on the map. Eviction rate is the ratio of the number of court-ordered evictions divided by the number of renter-occupied homes in a given area. An eviction rate counts one eviction per address, so regardless of the number of people living in a given home, it is still considered to be a single eviction. The eviction rate does not account for informal evictions, or scenarios in which people are forced out of their homes without receiving a court-order. 

For up-to-date, weekly counts of evictions in the Boston and other U.S. cities, please visit Eviction Lab's Eviction Tracker.

Massachusetts All Residential Eviction Cases, Non-Payment of Rent: please click the link to visit the dashboard by Massachusetts Trial Court, Department of Research and Planning. Data is updated monthly, beginning in December 2019. 

How does this impact families?

Studies show that eviction has a negative impact on families because it often forces them out of their communities. Social networks, schools, jobs, and friendships create the structural supports that empower children and families to succeed, and when housing is removed these support systems often shatter as well. Many evictions happen informally and can be prevented when tenants are supported and their rights are protected. Find out more information by checking out the resources below and read more about why eviction matters at . (Eviction lab, 2018

Read more about the impact of evictions on our community here


Data Source: This research uses data from The Eviction Lab at Princeton University, a project directed by Matthew Desmond and designed by Ashley Gromis, Lavar Edmonds, James Hendrickson, Katie Krywokulski, Lillian Leung, and Adam Porton. The Eviction Lab is funded by the JPB, Gates, and Ford Foundations as well as the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. More information is found at

Reference: Eviction Lab. 2018. Why eviction matters? Retrieved from

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