New Research Released on the Costs of COVID-19 Evictions

The Innovation for Justice (i4J) Program at the University of Arizona and the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) released a research note, Costs of COVID-19 Evictions, on the public costs of eviction-related homelessness that the U.S. will incur if emergency rental assistance is not provided. The report’s findings extrapolate from the Innovation for Justice Program’s Cost of Eviction Calculator, an online tool that allows users to estimate select community costs of services associated with a rise in eviction-related homelessness. NLIHC and i4J estimate the costs of emergency shelter, inpatient and emergency medical services, foster care and juvenile delinquency to people experiencing homelessness as a result of eviction. Depending on the number of households evicted, these public costs would range between $62 billion and $129 billion, in addition to the personal costs of eviction on individuals and the costs to landlords of unpaid rent.