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New Study Provides Look at High Point Eviction Data

The Foundation for a Healthy High Point partnered with the Center for Housing and Community Studies at UNC Greensboro to sponsor the 2023 High Point Eviction Project. The objective of the study was to create an eviction database for High Point for the calendar year 2023.

The project focused on all evictions in High Point in a one-year period, measured by an examination of eviction case filings. The results yielded vital information, including both quantitative data about evictions and qualitative information about the experiences of tenants experiencing them. Most alarming is the fact that High Point is among the cities with the highest number of evictions, ranking fifth in the country for the highest eviction filing rate among locations tracked by Eviction Lab.

Key findings of the study include:

  • 3,261 eviction cases filed. While historical data is lacking, numbers indicate that eviction filings have returned at least to pre-pandemic levels.
  • In addition to the eviction filing rate, High Point also ranks among the top 25 large cities for the actual eviction rate. This metric indicates the number of eviction filings that result in a judgement in favor of the landlord, ordering the tenant to leave the premises.
  • As noted above, the High Point eviction filing rate ranks among the worst cities in the country.
  • While the study authors expected to see a concentration of evictions in certain areas, there are also large pockets of evictions in other parts of the city, even in more affluent neighborhoods.
  • A prominent number of evictions are attributable to larger corporate landlords.
  • Tenants are experiencing an increasing level of serial eviction filings. This finding mirrors the experience in other areas as rental ownership becomes more consolidated.
  • A significant number of eviction filings are made for relatively low dollar amounts.

The study was born out of the Center’s long involvement in housing research and advocacy. The belief is that having better data will help the High Point community by shining a light on a critical social problem, allowing policymakers, community leaders, and renters to better understand the eviction landscape and the factors influencing it.

“The value of eviction data is only beginning to be understood by local administrators,” says Bruce Rich, director of the UNCG Center for Housing and Community Studies and Program Director for the study. “Understanding the data is key to the success of efforts to reverse the machinery of eviction.”

The study states, “We hope that our eviction data will inform local leaders about eviction and the goals of eviction prevention; track the social, economic, geographic and demographic trends in eviction over time; evaluate the impact of eviction intervention policies and initiatives; advocate for tenant protections and eviction intervention resources; and raise awareness across the High Point community about the volume and disproportionate impacts of eviction.”

This study is only the first step. Unanswered questions include a better understanding of informal or illegal evictions – those that are happening outside the bounds of the court system. While these types of evictions are extremely difficult to research, the Center is committed to further study of their impact on the High Point community. In addition, the Center plans to study the impact of the rollout of eCourts, the new electronic filing and case management system, on stakeholders, researchers, and policymakers. The Center also hopes to foster conversations about the essential role of rental assistance dollars.

Eviction is widely understood to be an upstream cause of a number of other challenges for those who experience it. It is the hope of the architects of the study, along with the Foundation, that the study data will improve the understanding of this critical issue, leading to an improvement in outcomes by allowing stakeholders and housing advocates to improve housing policy and better target their resources.

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