US Senator Cory Booker and Matthew Desmond in Public Policy Forum Focused on Eviction on October 12
New Jersey faces an eviction crisis. In the year ending on June 30, 2016, New Jersey saw 161,239 evictions. The data is for summary dispossess proceedings filed as no accurate data currently exists for evictions. However, this rate tells us that one in six tenants in New Jersey was impacted and it reflects the eviction crisis that Professor Desmond identified in his research.
In the year ending in June 2016, Essex County saw the highest percentage of evictions from the total number of rental units. Twenty-five percent (25%) of renter households, 38,272 out of 254,238, in Essex County experienced eviction.
The following New Jersey counties faced the next highest percentages of eviction:
Cape May and Cumberland Counties (tied at 19%),
Burlington (17%) and
Atlantic Counties (16%.)
The October 12 event provides an opportunity to:
Listen to a dialogue between Mathew Desmond and U.S. Senator Cory Booker (NJ-D) about the state of housing in NJ and nationally
Ask questions of both Mathew Desmond and U.S Senator Cory Booker (NJ-D)
Hear from Desmond about his research and his possible solutions
Engage in discussion addressing solutions address the eviction crisis and network with fellow advocates concerned about eviction