Evictions in the COVID-19 Era: A threat to family and community health in Santa Fe
In the first research brief of this series, we describe Santa Fe’s housing insecurity crisis, which predates the COVID-19 pandemic. We highlight gaps in eviction moratoria at the local, state, and federal levels. These policies lack strong or comprehensive protections to guarantee that all renters will remain housed and healthy, particularly with climbing debt from back rent. Additionally, none of the moratoria are fully holding up their promise of keeping families housed — evictions have continued throughout the pandemic.
Successes and limitations of moratoria to keep people housed and healthy in Santa Fe
In the second brief of this series, we reveal the reality of the eviction crisis in Santa Fe using new public records data on eviction filings. We compare trends in 2020 eviction filings to prior years and explore how the major causes of eviction filings have changed over time. Finally, we describe disparities in eviction filings at the census tract level, looking closely at the Hopewell/Mann and Airport Road Corridor neighborhoods of Santa Fe. These communities have experienced disproportionate housing insecurity, including displacement, gentrification, and rising cost of rent.