Tenant Demographics and Eviction Filings in Durham, NC The disparate impact of eviction processes on Black residents has been reported in US communities whenever it is examined closely. This report documents an exploratory analysis of 5 years of civil process records for eviction filings in Durham County. We document here a clear disproportionate impact, particularly for Black women, in the summary ejectment process in Durham. While Black tenants are 43.5% of Durham’s renting population, they are 75.8% of the tenants facing eviction.
Health Survey Questions on Racism: Community Input from Durham, NC (en Español aquí.) A final product of the Data Equity Coalition project, funded by the CDC Foundation. This brief report evaluates the effects of racism-focused questions in health surveys, including the Reactions to Race module of questions for the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), one of the primary CDC data collection efforts. The report considers alternative approaches tested by the Durham County Department of Public Health, as well, and offers suggestions for understanding structural racism without reproducing harms for survey respondents.
Data Equity Coalition: Community Conversations on Racism & Health (Puedes leer esto en Español aquí.) DataWorks NC is one of 5 organizations in the United States participating in the Data Equity Coalition Project. The main purpose of this project is to influence the national dialogue on racism and health, centering the concerns of Durham’s communities of color, low income, and historical disinvestment. This brief report summarizes a series of community conversations in the fall of 2022 which aimed to identify meaningful questions about racism to include in two national, CDC survey efforts. This is part of a project funded by the CDC Foundation.
Framing Conversations of Gentrification in Durham for MDC State of the South 2022 These brief notes were presented as a frame for a panel discussion led by Alexandra Zagbayou, with Ms. Anita Scott-Neville, Brandon Williams, Dr. Nicole Diggs and Nate Baker. This was part of MDC’s State of the South event in October 2022.
Who Owns Durham This October 6, 2022 presentation to Durham City Council was by request of Mayor Elaine O’Neal as a contribution to City Council’s ongoing “deep-dive” on affordable housing. The video of this presentation can be seen here.
Youth Voices and the Right to Housing With student collaborators and Research Action Design, we conducted a focus group session with students and teachers mostly from Hillside New Tech. The students shared and discussed their reflections and solutions. The facilitators wrote up notes following the session and pulled key quotes to organize the takeaways down into this short summary. This project was funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.