Kansas City Eviction Project is a collaborative effort involving researchers, community organizers, neighborhood leaders, lawyers, and policymakers. Eviction is our entry point to understanding housing injustice in Kansas City. As Matthew Desmond determines in his Pulitzer Prize winning book Evicted, eviction is both a cause and a condition of poverty. Though property ownership, vacancies, and evictions are part of the public record, the associated data are not systematically compiled and analyzed. Desmond, who studied eviction in Milwaukee, calls eviction "the most understudied process contributing to the reproduction of urban poverty."
DATA AND METHODS
We are working with one of the richest datasets on eviction in the country. We compiled 182,992 eviction filings, spanning 18 years, drawn from the Jackson County Landlord-Tenant court records. The data are at the address-level and have been geocoded and mapped.