Our neighbors are being displaced.
And we need better tools for understanding why and how.
That's why we've started a volunteer effort to stop evictions for profit and pass a Just Cause Eviction Ordinance in Boston using interactive maps and personal narratives. This site will continue to grow and become home to stories and data about displacement in our city.
Boston Tenants Fighting Displacement
This interactive map of Boston renters’ stories tells a tale of evictions and displacement in our increasingly upscale rental market. Who is getting pushed out as rents rise and higher-income earners move in? These stories don’t represent the scale of no-fault evictions in Boston (complete and accurate data on no-fault evictions not possible to represent at this time), but they begin to illuminate the human impact. Also, this small sampling of stories is just the start of this project. Exact pin locations have been adjusted slightly for privacy reasons.
Concentrations of "rent-burdened" tenants in Boston
Where are Boston renters paying 30% or more of their income in rent? It's a longstanding financial rule-of-thumb that if a tenant is paying 30% or more of their income in rent, it's no longer an affordable or stable tenancy. This map shows where people are paying rent beyond their means - and where people are most at risk of displacement by rent increase. Data source: American Community Survey 2011-2014. Contributed by Jessie Partridge, Research Analyst at MAPC.
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Advocate for Just Cause
Sign a petition, call or write your City Councillor and advocate for a Just Cause Eviction Ordinance.
Join the Mapping Team
Volunteer to program interactive maps, gather written or video narratives, or navigate city data.
Programmer? Visit our GitHub
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