New York city, the bustling metropolis that never sleeps, is not immune to the challenges of housing insecurity. Evictions and possessions, an unfortunate reality faced by many residents, have emerged as a critical concern, affected by economic downturns, increasing living expenses and unexpected situations. In this blog, we will explore the intricacies of NYC evictions, and most importantly possessions. Possessions are even worse than evictions, where residents are forced to leave their belongings behind after vacating the property.

The data was obtained from open-source platform and can be downloaded using this link : 

As I started to deep dive into data, I discovered a significant disparity between possessions and evictions. Over 98% of the cases involved possessions rather than evictions. We have data spanning from 2017, and the rates of evictions and possessions have remained consistent. There was decline between 2020 and 2022, but post-Covid, the numbers began to rise again.

Throughout NYC, Bronx appears to be most affected borough. However, after normalizing the data based on population of each borough in NYC, Staten Island does not fare any better. The incidents of evictions and possessions are significantly higher in those areas of New York City.

The issue with evictions and possessions in NYC is multifaceted, influenced by legal complexities and economic factors. As we navigate ever changing dynamics of urban living, it is important to remain committed to fostering a city that prioritizes the well-being of residents. Together, we can work toward future where housing insecurity becomes a thing of a past, and every New Yorker has a place to call home.

Link to my dashboard can be found here:




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