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Pressing Issues

 

The Campaign to Reduce Evictions www.reduceevictions.org

 

The Campaign to Reduce Evictions was formed in response to the release of nationwide eviction data gathered by Professor Matthew Desmond and his team and made available to the public at Eviction Lab www.evictionlab.org.  The Eviction Lab data revealed that Virginia has five of the top ten highest eviction rates among large U.S. cities, and three of the top ten highest rates in mid-sized cities.  While these cities are all clustered around Hampton Roads and the Richmond-Petersburg area, other places scattered around the state also have very high rates of eviction.  Looking through Eviction Lab’s “100 Top” evictors among large, mid-sized and small cities and rural areas, one will find eighteen Virginia areas listed, with an average eviction rate of 11.4%.  The national average, according to Eviction Lab, is 2.34%.  The root cause or causes of Virginia’s extreme eviction rates are still largely unknown, but the members of the Campaign to Reduce Evictions (CARE) is hoping to uncover them and use them to develop solutions that will help the state, localities and private actors lower the eviction rates across Virginia.