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Increasingly, housing policy is being shaped at the state and local levels with the participation of private and philanthropic entities. These actors are looking for a trusted source of evidence-based insights to inform their decisions. Policy & Practice will provide these insights, drawn from the experiences of policymakers across the country, to aid in the development of state and local policy. The publication is geared at both practitioners and other private-sector partners, such as property owners, developers, and philanthropic partners. Each issue will feature a single policy area or topic. By highlighting the ways that state and local leaders are solving local housing and community development challenges, Policy & Practice advances HUD’s mission and priorities to promote affordable housing and strong communities.

Current Issue: State and Local Eviction Prevention Actions (February 2024)

Residential evictions are costly for everyone—including residents, property owners, and communities. Many evictions for nonpayment of rent could be prevented by giving renters the time and resources they may need to catch up on rent. Most laws governing the relationships between landlords and tenants are set at the local or state level, including those that determine how and for what reasons landlords can legally evict their tenants. The strength of tenant legal protections and other state and local policies can, in turn, influence the rate of eviction filings and the consequences of those filings. This Policy & Practice reviews the literature on effective state and local policies that can reduce eviction filings and highlights policies and programs that state and local governments can implement to prevent evictions and improve housing stability for at-risk families.

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