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​First Report on Evictions in Mecklenburg Released

9/27/2017

Homeless person with cartThe “Charlotte-Mecklenburg Evictions Part 1: An Introduction to Evictions in Charlotte-Mecklenburg” report has been released as part of a local series about homelessness and housing instability.

The report was initiated by the Housing Advisory Board of Charlotte-Mecklenburg, and is the first of its kind in Mecklenburg County. It provides new information about evictions and the role they play at the intersection of housing and homelessness.

The report also includes an overview of the eviction process and the impact of evictions on individuals, families and the community. Using local data from formal evictions (which does not represent all evictions that take place in Mecklenburg County), report findings show that 28,471 households faced formal evictions in Mecklenburg County in FY2015/2016.

Other highlights from the report include:

  •  162,355 households were at risk of eviction in North Carolina in FY2015/2016
  • 45 percent of renter households in Mecklenburg County were cost burdened in 2015
  • 10,556 writs of possession were received by the Sheriff’s Office to go with a landlord to secure and padlock units in Mecklenburg County in FY2014/2015

 

The number of renter households in Mecklenburg County is increasing. At the same time, more renter households are cost burdened, spending more than 30 percent of their income on housing costs. This means that many individuals and families are at risk of losing their housing. Households who become evicted face additional barriers to secure housing in the future.

The report was funded by Mecklenburg County Community Support Services and authored by the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute.