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Affordable Housing , Homelessness

New Cost of COVID-19 Evictions Report Released

15 December 2020
NLIHC and Innovations for Justice

On November 19th, 2020, the National Low-Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) and Innovation for Justice (I4J) Program released the “Costs of COVID-19 Evictions” Report.

The report identifies and looks at five key areas that would incur public costs of homelessness following an eviction, including emergency shelters, inpatient medical care, emergency medical care, foster care, and juvenile delinquency. While not all encompassing, these five areas are noted to be “a starting point for measuring the costs of evictions.”

This research and cost analysis supports the call to action highlighted in the report, which encourages readers, advocates, and stakeholders invested in preventing a large-scale eviction crisis to encourage local, state and federal lawmakers to extend eviction moratoriums beyond the end of this year. The report acknowledges this is not the end goal, but a necessary protection to put in place. The report also encourages advocacy to push Congress to enact the Emergency Rental Assistance and Rental Market Stabilization Act that was introduced back in March 2020 as a part of any coronavirus relief packages passed moving forward.

Lastly, the report concludes with some additional details and insight on the Innovation for Justice Program’s cost calculator and how it was used to inform this report.

To read the report, click here.

To see the Innovation for Justice Program’s Cost of Eviction Calculator, click here.