Research shows that evictions can cause serious harm to families. Breadwinners are more likely to lose their jobs and evicted mothers have higher rates of depression and poorer health. Families are often pushed into substandard housing in dangerous neighborhoods. In other cities, high eviction rates have been linked to higher crime and dilapidated neighborhoods.
The 30291, 30337 and 30331 zip codes, which include Union City, College Park, and areas just west of Atlanta, had eviction rates exceeding 40 percent.
The paper also found that corporate and institutional investors tend to evict a higher percentage of their tenants, even when researchers adjust for income levels and other factors. These types of investors bought up distressed single-family homes by the thousands after the Great Recession and put many on the rental market.