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Policy and Practice Approaches To Supporting Low-income Renters At Risk of Eviction

  • Michael Lens, Eva Rosen, and Jennifer Prusak
  • June 12 2024
  • W113-2024

Michael Lens

Eva Rosen

Jennifer Prusak

Michael Lens, Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs
Eva Rosen, Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professor, McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University
Jennifer Prusak, Associate Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Housing Law Clinic, Vanderbilt University Law School

Low-income people are more likely to be renters than homeowners, and many will experience the threat of or an actual eviction at least once in their lives. A formal eviction process and the complexities of housing court can be overwhelming, and landlords often have legal representation and relationships within the court system that put them at an advantage over renters facing eviction. In this webinar, we’ll learn about the life cycle of eviction through an institutional, rather than personal, lens. We’ll also look at the specific obstacles that low-income renters face in the formal eviction process and specifically in housing court, and what policy and practice changes could support low-income renters so that they can maintain their housing.

Recording of the Webinar

Additional Resources

Presentation Slides (pdf file)

Centering the institutional life of eviction, The sociology of housing: How homes shape our social lives, Kyle Nelson and Michael C Lens

Navigating an Overburdened Courtroom: How Inconsistent Rules, Shadow Procedures, and Social Capital Disadvantage Tenants in Eviction Court, Isaiah Fleming-Klink, Brian J. McCabe, and Eva Rosen

Expanding the Right to Counsel in Eviction Cases: Arguments for and Limitations of “Civil Gideon” Laws in a Post-COVID 19 World, Jennifer S. Prusak


Court System, Economic Support, Eviction & Foreclosure, Financial Security, Homelessness, Housing, Housing Assistance, Inequality & Mobility, Justice System, Neighborhood Effects, Place, Racial/Ethnic Inequality