The Housing Monitor relies on data from contributors like you to show that evictions and displacement are not isolated cases, but rather widespread processes threatening a large portion of city-dwellers. We believe that gathering as many cases as we can is the first step in informing and supporting neighborhood-based activism that aims to resist gentrification and displacement, and an important basis for influencing more relevant, just and inclusive housing policies. We also recognize that sharing some types of information might place individuals at risk. This is why take the following precautions to protect your privacy and security.
// How and where is my data stored?
// Who can access my data?
// How does the Housing Monitor treat sensitive information?
The Housing Monitor considers sensitive information: types of occupancy, unit vacancy, abandoned buildings, and threats of evictions.
This information will only be shared in the form of general statistics at the level of the neighborhood and the city, and will not be associated with any specific geographic location.
// Which data is made accessible by the Monitor?
The Housing Monitor grants limited open access to the database. This is what we believe is important to make accessible for the Monitor to serve its purpose:
- Transfers of property ownership. When a plot or building is sold or bought, it often happens without residents’ knowledge and could threaten their housing security. It can also be an indicator of real-estate speculation that could lead to higher rents and evictions. Finding out about transfers of ownership helps neighborhood-scale organizing at an early stage.
- Evictions. Sharing the locations and rates of evictions is important because it situates isolated legal cases within a widespread, city-wide process that is affecting thousands of households. //something about social work/legal support? or not happening anymore?
- Buildings built after 1992. // the 1992 thing is not very clear, what about 2004 law? also increased allowable BUA... we need to clarify this point more then phrase it.
- Demolitions. // also not clear what is the link with eviction and the monitor's stated goals, we should clarify then phrase.