The Urban Displacement Project at the University of California at Berkeley has released its Housing Precarity Risk Model (HPRM) Dashboard, which maps neighborhood-level risk of eviction and low-income displacement in the 53 largest metropolitan areas in the United States. Each census tract in these metro areas is given a HPRM score from 0 to 9, with higher scores indicating that residents are at greater risk of displacement. Black-headed and Latino-headed households disproportionately live in neighborhoods with high risks of eviction.
The interactive map allows users to see the number of renters in high-precarity neighborhoods, as well as more information about the underlying variables that contribute to a neighborhood’s HPRM score, including pre-pandemic eviction risk, pre-pandemic displacement risk, 2020 unemployment, and 2019-2020 change in unemployment. Since demographic trends affect these variables, the dashboard features a map showing racial segregation and a tool for users to overlay the map with census tracts that have a high student population (above 30%). Users can also look at the neighborhood-level COVID-19 infection rates of 3 metro areas, San Francisco, Chicago, and Seattle, to visualize how housing precarity overlaps with COVID-19 spread.
The tool shows that one in three households live in neighborhoods with moderate to high levels of vulnerability to evictions, 44% of renters live in neighborhoods with high level of housing precarity, and that evictions, economic shocks, and displacements disproportionately impact Black-headed and Latino-headed households. In fact, 73% of Black households live in neighborhoods with high risk of eviction.
Access the dashboard here: https://bit.ly/35YY8js