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Fact Sheet

Eviction Diversion and Prevention Programs

May 19, 2021


Eviction is costly and damaging for all parties involved. For tenants, “[e]viction is a cause, not just a condition, of poverty,” precipitating a “spiral of financial instability” that culminates in decades of poor health and economic hardship. For communities, evictions break down communal bonds and burden the court system with crowded dockets and administrative costs. For landlords, evictions come with surprising costs. Despite these deleterious effects, eviction filings have become a routine part of the collections process for landlords, who frequently leverage the threat of eviction to coerce tenants to move or pay. This is particularly problematic in states where barriers to filing are already relatively low.