Addressing housing security and inequality in the wake of COVID-19

April 30, 2020

Two Berkeley faculty have received a grant to investigate and address eviction spikes and displacement risks related to COVID-19. They are among the first three grantees of the newly created Digital Transformation Institute for projects focused on COVID-19 response and recovery.

As part of a project entitled Housing Precarity, Eviction, and Inequality in the Wake of COVID-19, UC Berkeley's Urban Displacement Project and Data-Intensive Development Lab will work with Princeton's Eviction Lab to identify neighborhoods with residents living in precarious housing circumstances due to the COVID-19 economic and health crisis, and track evictions in real-time. The project will provide significant new data sources to enable cities and states to predict housing insecurity, and quickly implement measures to stabilize their communities.

The research team is comprised of Karen Chapple, Professor and Chair of the Department of City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley; Matthew Desmond, Maurice P. During Professor of Sociology at Princeton University; and BIDS Senior Fellow and Faculty Council Member Joshua Blumenstock, Assistant Professor at the UC Berkeley School of Information and Director of the Data-Intensive Development Lab.


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