Currently, our Affordable Housing Fellow is researching eviction filings in Greenville County to analyze how they are spatially distributed across the county and how they are related to affordable housing and gentrification. This work will also help us better understand the effects of federal and state eviction moratoriums like those instated in 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Our Housing Segregation Fellow is analyzing racially restrictive covenants (RRCs) in property deeds from the early 1900s in Greenville County to provide us with a clearer understanding of where housing segregation occurs across the county. RRCs in property deeds were written to exclude African Americans (as well as other racial and ethnic groups) from purchasing or renting properties in selective neighborhoods. This housing discrimination tactic was one of many that segregated communities, the effects of which are still present in modern neighborhood composition.