[ONLINE] - Displaced in America

From Emergency Relief to Transformative Change

Each year, nearly 5 million Americans lose their homes through eviction and foreclosure.

And yet, as our nation braces for a tsunami of housing loss as a result of the COVID-19 economic fallout, we know very little about these life-changing events. Where is forced displacement most acute? Who is most at risk? Why does housing loss occur? And what happens to people after they lose their homes?

Over the last year, the Future of Property Rights program at New America has worked with partners across the country to create a National Housing Loss Index, and to map evictions and foreclosures by census tract in Indianapolis, Indiana; Winston-Salem, North Carolina; and the Phoenix, Arizona metro area. Our findings are included in the forthcoming report, Displaced in America, to be released September 9th.

We knew that the U.S. had an acute housing loss problem before the pandemic, and root causes of displacement—stagnant wages, lack of affordable housing, insufficient federal housing assistance, and discriminatory policies—are only exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis. Now, the pandemic leaves up to 40 million Americans at risk for eviction alone. Emergency relief policies have kept people housed since April, but many protections are set to expire this fall. How can these emergency policies be expanded to provide permanent support to those who were at-risk of losing their housing, even well before the pandemic?

Please join FPR as we virtually share our research and host an online panel discussion focused on creating long-lasting housing policies that keep all at-risk families in their homes.


  • Opening Remarks:
    • Mayor Corey Woods, City of Tempe, Arizona
    • Anne-Marie Slaughter, CEO, New America
  • Displaced in America: An Overview of Report Findings
    • Yuliya Panfil, Director, Future of Property Rights program at New America
    • Tim Robustelli, Policy Analyst, Future of Property Rights program at New America
  • Panel Discussion: What Policies Can Keep Americans in Their Homes?
    • Emily Benfer, Visiting Professor of Law at Wake Forest University School of Law; Chair, American Bar Association’s COVID-19 Task Force Committee on Eviction
    • Tony Pickett, CEO, Grounded Solutions Network
    • Gabrielle René, Community Organizer, City Life/Vida Urbana
    • Malcom Glenn, Fellow, Future of Property Rights program at New America; Director of Public Affairs, Better.com

The Future of Property Rights Program at New America would like to thank its partners for their support and collaboration on the Displaced in America report: DataKind; the Environmental Law and Policy Clinic at Wake Forest University School of Law; Wake Forest University Department of Anthropology; the Center for the Study of Economic Mobility at Winston-Salem State University; the Knowledge Exchange for Resilience at Arizona State University; and New America Indianapolis.