Approximately 6,000 eviction filings occur in Hennepin County each year, and about 90% of all
eviction judgements are due to nonpayment of rent. Eviction results in forced displacement,
contributing to instability within neighborhoods and potentially harmful effects for children,
families, and individuals. Despite the growing number of studies on the subject, the link between
county service use, an eviction filing or judgement, and shelter entry in Hennepin County was
unsubstantiated. Our report aims to fill this gap. At the request of Hennepin County, we sought
to demonstrate the link between evictions and homelessness as well as identify barriers in the
eviction prevention process.
Our research team conducted a mixed-method analysis using quantitative and qualitative data. In
our qualitative research, we interviewed individuals in organizations that provide services and
monetary aid aimed at preventing eviction. We employed snowball sampling to speak with 19
staff members at different governmental and nonprofit providers across the county, using
semi-structured interviews to catalogue their experiences and perspectives.
Professional paper for the fulfillment of the Master of Public Policy degree.
Holdener, Andee; Nelson, Jessica; Quint, Lydia; Rea, Nicholas; Svitavsky, Katherine; Uhrich, Maria; Whelan, Nicole; Zanoni, Caitlin.
Eviction and Homelessness in Hennepin County.
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