Eviction/Foreclosure

Rapid Response

May 19, 2020

Anne Wright, CMU CREATE Lab

anne.r.wright@gmail.com

http://evict-response.earthtime.org/

MDJ Evictions, Eviction Appeals, Foreclosures

Original eviction filings happen in MDJ Courts; Appeals and foreclosures in Court of Common Pleas

Average 2012-2019

MDJ eviction filings/yr

13705

Foreclosure filings/yr

2262

Eviction appeals filings/yr

1352

MDJ Evictions, Eviction Appeals, Foreclosures

Each filing type has a fairly consistent seasonal pattern

MDJ Evictions, Eviction Appeals, Foreclosures

Filings in 2020 (red) dropped around the March 16 moratorium; Blue shows shortfall from typical pattern

MDJ Eviction status by week

Current status by week filed plus projected filing backlog if evictions matched normal year

  • Currently 479 active eviction cases in MDJs
  • Average of 234 cases closed and 21 marked inactive per week over the past year
  • County moratorium ending 6/2 processing of active cases resumes
  • State moratorium prevents new filings until 7/10
  • Max filings in one week = 452

County moratorium ends

State moratorium ends

Projected filings of backlog

MDJ Eviction status by week

At historical rates MDJs have processed cases, courts would be overwhelmed until ~ mid 2021

  • The 479 active eviction cases in MDJs would mostly close before 6/2
  • Maximum processed in past is ~450 filings/wk, ~350 closed/wk, and 30 inactivated/wk
  • At that rate, peak # of active cases would be > 3,000 in ~Nov/Dec
  • If more evictions than normal year, peak gets higher and later
  • Courts can't go that fast

County moratorium ends

State moratorium ends

  • If we fall short of supporting residents to former income levels, eviction and foreclosure filings could be much worse than historical average -- tenant relief funding and eviction diversion/mediation are critical
  • Lowest income residents most likely to suffer effects but least likely to be able to overcome barriers to access help
  • Need more than ever to coordinate cross-sector cooperation, like PA Serves
  • Orgs in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh been using Airtable to coordinate distributed mutual aid efforts
  • Have Airtable prototype with real-time feeds from MDJ and Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas dockets

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Eviction filings

Eviction filings

Eviction filings

Foreclosure filings

Foreclosure filings

All current housing displacement filings

Other ideas

  • Work with PHFA to incorporate Act 91 Notices?
  • Work with Housing Authorities to get advanced notice of Housing Choice Voucher holders being evicted?
  • Improve coordination between neighborhood groups who support vulnerable residents and other stakeholders
  • PURR (Pittsburgh Union of Regional Renters) is coordinating tenants who share a common landlord, knowing about eviction filings could help prioritize
  • Working with HousingDB to map eviction plaintiffs and properties through shell companies/alternate names

Credits

  • Amy Gottsegen, Philadelphia Socialists' Mutual Aid project: original Eviction data set (Right to Know request), MDJ scraper development, Airtable training
  • Jeff Benzing, Public Source, Second Eviction data set (Right to Know request)
  • Rachel Rue, Allegheny County DHS, plaintiff categorization, residential/non-residential categorization of MDJ cases
  • Dianne Wainwright, Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, eviction appeals docket numbers and categorization
  • Randy Sargent, CMU CREATE Lab, scraper infrastructure, PDF scraper
  • Kristen Kruse, CMU CREATE Lab, MDJ eviction data infrastructure + maps
  • Contact: anne.r.wright@gmail.com, 650 575-1610
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