- Kathryn Ramsey Mason
- December 2020
- Link to Focus-36-4c (PDF)
- Link to Focus-Plus-36-4 (PDF)
This article details the effects of crime-free housing ordinances enacted by local governments for private-market rental properties.
- The eviction risk of vulnerable tenants is increased by crime-free housing ordinances.
- Local police departments, not landlords, decide when eviction is appropriate where crime-free housing ordinances are in effect.
- Eviction can lead to many social ills including homelessness, increased poverty, and neighborhood destabilization.
- Racial inequality is exacerbated by crime-free ordinances because people of color are both more likely to rent their homes and more likely to face arrest, and are thus at a higher risk of eviction.
Eviction & Foreclosure, Housing, Inequality & Mobility, Justice System, Neighborhood Effects, Place, Policing, Racial/Ethnic Inequality