New report makes critical Colorado eviction data public

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: October 28, 2022

A report released by Enterprise Community Partners makes robust data about Colorado eviction court filings available to the public for the first time. The report, based on new analysis from the Colorado Futures Center, highlights the seriousness of housing instability in the state and the need for consistent data on evictions. The report also recommends long-term measures to reduce evictions and their impact, advance housing stability, and create a more equitable housing ecosystem statewide. 

A New Normal: How Eviction Court Filing Data Can Advance a More Stable Housing Ecosystem for all Coloradans uses data from the nearly 150,000 evictions filed in county courts statewide from July 2017 to June 2021, analyzing eviction filings by quantity, geography, certain case outcomes, and whether landlords and renters had legal representation. The analysis finds that the legal eviction system has historically been biased towards landlords, but pandemic-related rental and legal assistance helped to reduce the number of evictions and their impact in a way that could prove instructive for the future. The report also notes that court filings cannot capture the full scope and impact of evictions or housing instability, as evictions occur in many ways outside the legal process. 

Families who rent their housing have been hit particularly hard by the economic fallout from the COVID pandemic. Nationally, renters with children have consistently been more than twice as likely as families who own their housing to report being behind on payments and being very likely to have to leave their home. Even prior to the pandemic, families with children were more likely to face eviction.  

Eviction has negative impacts on children’s safety, well-being, and healthy development. It also negatively impacts the mental health and well-being of parents and caregivers. Eviction court records are one of the best indicators of housing stability available to help understand the magnitude of the issue for Colorado families. The new report highlights that Colorado must regularly collect and publish consistent data on eviction trends in order to help advocates and the state advance policy solutions to prevent evictions, such as ensuring that families have access to legal representation when facing an eviction.  

 

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The Colorado Children’s Campaign is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization committed since 1985 to realizing every chance for every child in Colorado. We advocate for the development and implementation of data-driven public policies that improve child wellbeing in health, education and early childhood. We do this by providing Coloradans with trusted data and research on child wellbeing and organizing an extensive state-wide network of dedicated child advocates. For more information, please visit www.coloradokids.org.