About the Tool

The Local Eviction Prevention Policy and Program Tool is an interactive resource that aims to help elected officials, city staff, non-profits, service providers, researchers and others, better understand the local eviction prevention landscape in the US. Use this tool to identify approaches cities are taking to prevent evictions based on factors such as geography, city size, and stage of the eviction process that the policy or program intervenes. The tool features links to relevant policies and programs that make it easier to find more information.

Researchers at the National League of Cities tracked eviction prevention policies and programs from 200 cities across the country with representation from every state and the District of Columbia. The data collected by this tool represents over 600 actions taken by cities nationwide to prevent evictions.

This resource builds off work from the Eviction Prevention Cohort, Eviction Prevention Learning Lab and Landlord Engagement Lab – three eviction prevention technical assistance programs launched in partnership between the National League of Cities and Stanford’s Legal Design Lab.

Share Feedback

This tool is not comprehensive and is meant to be iterative. If you have feedback on the tool or if you spot any errors in the data, please email housing@nlc.org. If you would like to submit your city’s information or if you have any resources on the policies and programs tracked that are not already included in the resource list, please navigate to the “Submit Information to the Tool” tab in the tool.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I use this tool?

The tool is meant to be user-friendly. To learn more about using it, register to attend the Demo Session on Feb. 21.

How often will this tool be updated? 

This tool will be updated on a yearly basis with new cities, policies, and programs from self-submitted information and information collected by NLC researchers.

How did NLC collect this data?

This data was collected manually between June and November of 2022. For an overview of the methodology used, navigate to the “Methodology” tab in the tool. There is also a more detailed PDF available through the “Methodology” tab in the tool and linked here.

Is this data publicly available?

Yes, the data displayed by this tool is publicly available. The full data set and different cross sections of the data are downloadable through the “View and Download the Data” tab in the tool. Unfortunately, the tool does not allow users to download filtered data. The researchers conducted user-testing sessions to understand the most common cross-sections of the data and have made those available.

What if I want to add information to this tool?

While the researchers used a set methodology for the initial release of this tool, it is intended to be open-source and submissions are welcome. If your city is not represented in the tool and you would like it to be, navigate to the “Submit Information to the Tool” tab for instructions on how to submit information about local policies and practices.

Submission of related resources (e.g., reports, toolkits, action guides related to the eviction prevention policies tracked) are also encouraged through the “Submit Information to the Tool” tab.

What if there is an error or more up-to-date information?

If you spot an error, we apologize. The data was collected manually and is susceptible to human error. Policies and programs are also constantly changing. If you identify anything errant or outdated in the data, please email at housing@nlc.org and we are happy to get it fixed.

What if I have questions? If you have any further questions or concerns, please email the researchers at housing@nlc.org for more information.