Eviction Lab digs into the data behind the housing crisis

Since the publication of his Pulitzer Prize-winning book Evicted, Princeton sociologist Matthew Desmond has been mining court records across the United States to build a database of millions of evictions. His new Ford-supported project, Eviction Lab, is the first nationwide database of evictions, allowing people to understand the patterns emerging in their communities. The New York Times unpacks the data, which offers a sweeping, surprising look at the state of housing in America. And on Marketplace, Desmond explains why the housing crisis might be even bigger than we thought.

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