Even With Protections, Thousands Face Eviction in North Carolina

From July through September, almost 25,000 eviction cases have been filed statewide according to data from the N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts. Almost 15,000 have been granted.

But that doesn't tell the whole story. In those same three months of 2019, well before the pandemic hit, when the economy was still strong, the courts logged almost 50,000 initial eviction filings.

But housing advocates say just because eviction proceedings aren't making it to the courts, that doesn't mean people aren't being forced out of their homes. It's just happening under the radar, or will come through the court system soon.

"Everything is still wide open," said Peter Gilbert, a staff attorney with Legal Aid of North Carolina who works with clients at threat of being evicted. "Eviction filings are down. But there are a large number of people who are under the threat of eviction."

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