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Understanding and Preventing Evictions
With some initial planning and foresight, we can help families remain stable and in their own homes. Community leaders and governments can adopt five strategies to prevent evictions:
- Rental assistance to help people pay their rent;
- Mediation to work out disputes without going through the court system;
- Outreach to those tenants and neighborhoods hardest hit to ensure they know about and apply for available resources;
- Engagement with landlords to find alternative solutions beyond eviction; and
- Expansion of legal representation for tenants.
Addressing the Eviction Crisis: An Evaluation of Two Court-Based Eviction Diversion Programs in Pennsylvania
The Housing Alliance is publishing and continuing to publish a series of Issue Briefs in our Why and How to Prevent Eviction series. We are illustrating the many reasons your organization and community may want to consider prioritizing eviction prevention and diversion, and breaking down easy steps to take.
Issue Brief – What do tenants say about the programs?
We interviewed tenants participating in the two eviction diversion programs. They reported very positive experiences and shared the program benefits.
Issue Brief – Eviction Diversion Results
The two programs led to big increases in the percentage of eviction cases withdrawn by landlords and settled by agreement with landlords, demonstrating the benefit to landlords as well as tenants. All hope is NOT lost once an eviction has been filed.
Issue Brief – How do these programs work?
Each program operates with a similar philosophy and approach but slightly different strategies. Find out how as you consider possibly putting in place a similar program in your community.
Issue Brief – Why focus on eviction?
Focusing on eviction’s connection to school classroom turnover: when children and families are forced to move, there are negative consequences, including impacts on school stability.