Displacement After Disasters

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing social, economic, and racial inequalities, especially those in housing. In response, significant governmental efforts have tried to support housing stability caused by the pandemic through numerous policies. The effects of eviction moratoria and other emergency measures are likely to be highly variable as these policies were issued by multiple levels and branches of government including local and state courts, state and local executives, and legislative bodies and were differentially implemented.

In collaborative work with Professor Lauren Sudeall at the Center for the Access to Justice and Professor Phil Garboden at the University of Hawai’i, we are conducting mixed-methods research on how COVID19 eviction prevention policies are mediated by the strategic decisions of landlords and courts personnel in four southeastern cities. This research is funded by the Russell Sage Foundation.

Other research examines how hurricane disaster recovery proceeds through real estate finance and housing systems. Recent publications include work on evictions after disasters. Ongoing collaborations with partners at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, University of Puerto Rico, and Centro Para Una Nuevo Economía examines the role of  FEMA recovery processes on displacement from and within Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.


Raymond, E.; Green, T., Kaminski, M. (2021) Preventing Evictions after Disasters: the Role of Landlord-Tenant Law. Housing Policy Debate. link Contribution: 65%



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