In Fulton County, the eviction rate was 22 percent or one out of four houses receiving an eviction notice each year. Neighborhoods such as East Point, College Park and Union City had eviction rates well over 40 percent.
An estimated 3.7 million Americans have faced eviction. Black households and households with less than a college degree were disproportionately represented. Households with children ( whether parents are single or married) are twice as likely to face an eviction threat. In this case, money that may have gone to pay rent is often funneled toward child care costs which can take up to 20 percent of household income.
For metro area residents,
rents have increased at a faster rate than incomes, leaving many people unable to afford their rent
. Missed rent is the leading cause of eviction and eviction is a leading cause of homelessness. While some renters may manage to scrape up enough for the monthly rent, it often means they are giving up other basics such as transportation or food.
Even though eviction rates are difficult to measure (court records can show legal proceedings but do not reveal informal evictions), Apartment List, Inc. culled data from more than 41,000 individuals asking specific questions about evictions in the past three months to the past year and the reasons for the eviction.