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Housing Studies Examine Displacement in Newark

In February 2016, CLiME launched a comprehensive study of housing trends in the City. In May 2016, CLiME led a Rutgers University-Newark anchor initiative that researching laws and policies that might promote more equitable growth in the City as it changes. The following report, "Housing in Newark Research Brief" represents the first installment of our almost year-long work. It provides quantitative snapshots of key variables in Newark’s housing dynamics, some of which have not been publicly reported for several years.

CLiME has also released a second report, "Displacement Risk and Gentrification: The CLiME Displacement Risk Indicators Matrix (DRIM) Methodology." The DRIM is an original work by CLiME which was designed as an assessment tool for policymakers, organizers, developers, and the public to view Newark and its five wards through select data condensed into variables that demonstrate risks associated with housing displacement. To do this, we identified ten displacement factors and divided them into three conceptual categories: vulnerability, market dynamics, and "gentrifier" population. These categories are then set up in three blocks of time: the present (2015), the past (2000) and the change in between trends. The DRIM will allow policymakers to measure the potential impact of contemplated policy initiatives or proposed developments in Newark.