Eviction Prevention Summit

Location: John S. Knight Center (77 E. Mill Street, Akron, OH 44308)

Thank you to everyone who made the inaugural Eviciton Prevention Summit a success!


View coverage of the Summit below:

‘Our future hinges on this’: Hundreds gather for Akron's first Eviction Prevention Summit (Akron Beacon Journal)
Photos: 2022 Eviction Prevention Summit (Akron Beacon Journal)
Akron hosts summit to mark Eviction Prevention Week (WKSU/Ideastream)
Eviction Prevention Summit attracts hundreds in Akron (News5)



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About the Summit

The Eviction Prevention Summit is a collaborative community response to the eviction pandemic that has plagued Summit County for decades. Summit organizers believe that all individuals have a right to safe, healthy, affordable housing, regardless of income or socio-economic standing.

The 2022 Summit will invite renters, landlords, housing advocates, developers, public officials, nonprofit and for-profit leaders, and community members to come together to share experiences, learn from each other, and design innovative and collaborative solutions to forge a new pathway forward toward housing security and freedom.


Featured speaker

Matthew Desmond, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Evicted, MacArthur Genius Fellow, and founder of EvictionLab.org



8:00 am     Registration opens: Expo/resource booths, book sale ("Evicted"), continental breakfast

8:45 am     Welcome

9:15 am     Panel Block A: Attend one - Find panelists bios here

  1. Housing Equity in Community Redevelopment - From redlining to housing segregation to gentrification, “community development” is often seen as synonymous with “white washing” in the minority communities frequently displaced as a result of it. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
  2. The Rule of Housing Law -  Eviction doesn’t just affect you in the immediate -- it can force renters to lose their federal subsidy, impact their credit scores, and prevent them from being able to rent in the future. Panelists will discuss how housing laws are made, who is consulted in the process, and the role the courts play.

10:30 am - Break

10:45 am   Panel Block B: Attend one - Find panelists bios here

  1. How Can We Coexist Better? -  An honest dialogue between tenants and landlords about fostering relationships built on transparent communication and mutual respect. Panelists also will discuss how to resolve conflict in a productive and humane way.
  2. The Intersection of Health and Housing - Where we live is one of the leading determinants of both physical and mental health. Experts on this panel will discuss current trends and best practices in health and safety in low-income housing.

12:00 pm   Break

12:15 pm   Lunch with featured speaker Matthew Desmond

2:00 pm     Break: Expo and book signing

2:30 pm     Community conversation roundtables (facilitated)

3:30 pm     Roundtable report-outs

4:00 pm     Closing remarks


Planning Committee


Eviction in Akron

The "eviction capital of Ohio," Akron has the highest rate of eviction in the state and the 27th highest in the nation. Tough economic conditions, lack of affordable homes, poor housing conditions, a mostly older rental stock, and large swaths of still segregated communities have created a perfect storm of housing insecurity and inequity. Roughly one-third of Summit County residents rent their homes, and recent data suggest as many as 20% of them could be at risk for eviction, with minority renters making up a disproportionate percentage. This pre-existing crisis was intensified when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, making the notion of homelessness all the more dangerous.


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