Eviction and Educational Instability in Richmond, Virginia

Eviction and Educational Instability in Richmond, Virginia

Kathryn Howell, PhD

RVA Eviction Lab

Summary:

Richmond faces an eviction rate of approximately 11%, which has remained steady over the past 16 years. However, evictions are unevenly dispersed across the city with neighborhoods in the east and south sides of the city facing significantly higher rates. The impact of high eviction rates in these neighborhoods are exacerbated by relatively high percentage of rental housing, particularly in the Southside and Northside. Conversely, west end neighborhoods where eviction rates are low also have limited rental housing, meaning that there is limited neighborhood turnover because of eviction. While evictions touch individual households, schools are increasingly the front line of eviction, impacting educational and behavioral outcomes for both mobile students and those who are in schools facing high rates of mobility. In this brief, we explore the impact of eviction on Richmond Public Schools (RPS). We find that majority white school districts face significantly lower rates of eviction that those with African American or Latino majorities. More importantly, those schools also face higher rates of chronic absenteeism and mobility.