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Opinion: Teaming up to help tenants in tough times

10.5.2020
Writing in The Oklahoman in May about the challenges presented early in the COVID-19 pandemic, the executive director of Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma said, “The Oklahoma Standard is visible daily in our legal profession.” Those words from Michael Figgins continue to ring true, as Legal Aid... Continue reading >

One month ahead of deadline, Tampa landlord locks out residents behind on their rent

10.5.2020
Despite no eviction notices being filed in court, locks were changed on the homes of more than 20 Tampa Park Apartments residents on Friday. S. Kay Andrews and other leaders of the nonprofit group that owns Tampa Park Apartments stand to make millions of dollars from the sale of most of the 18-acre... Continue reading >

U.S. evictions surge amid pandemic despite federal ban

10.5.2020
When single mother Khalyah Jackson-Rivers lost her job in May, she fell behind on her rent despite a payment plan, eventually owing thousands of dollars to her building's management company in South Carolina. "Then I got an eviction notice (in July) and a second eviction notice, and (it) said I had... Continue reading >

Tenants and landlords agree that Oklahoma needs eviction reforms

10.2.2020
With COVID-19 threatening to make Oklahoma’s already-high eviction rate jump even higher, tenant and landlord advocates both urged legislators Thursday to reform the state’s eviction laws. Both sides told a state House of Representatives committee hearing that evictions have become far too common... Continue reading >

Maricopa County adds $20M more for eviction and utilities help, along with nonprofit and food bank support

10.2.2020
Maricopa County is tapping more than $20 million of its federal COVID-19 relief funds to expand programs to help struggling renters, overstretched nonprofits and food banks keep up with rising demand. About $6.25 million will go specifically to help Mesa renters avoid eviction. The East Valley city... Continue reading >

Texas Supreme Court: Eviction Citations Must Include Moratorium

10.1.2020
When the Centers for Disease Control’s temporary residential eviction ban went into effect on September 4, those who work with renters worried some would fall through the cracks. “One of our biggest concerns, when this order came down, is getting the word out to tenants that they have this option... Continue reading >

New York Chief Judge DiFiore Holds Hearing to Discuss COVID-19 Impact on the Civil Justice Crisis

10.1.2020
On Monday, Sept. 21, Chief Judge Janet DiFiore held her annual statewide public hearing evaluating civil legal services in New York City. This year, she focused on the civil justice crisis that has become prevalent due to COVID-19. Judge DiFiore invited presenters to speak about the civil service... Continue reading >

Pandemic-tied spike in domestic violence spurs Cincinnati to boost aid for abuse survivors

10.1.2020
Cincinnati City Council will give a quarter-million dollars to a nonprofit that works alongside the police to help survivors of domestic violence – a crime that has spiraled in the city during the COVID-19 pandemic. Council unanimously voted Wednesday to approve the $250,000 in funding to Women... Continue reading >

Rental Assistance Is Available, But Some Aren't Accepting It

10.1.2020
Cleveland Housing Partners (CHN) has distributed about $1.2 million in aid to tenants facing eviction due to the coronavirus pandemic, with $11.2 million more in requests. Kevin Nowak, CHN executive director, told a Cleveland Housing Court panel Tuesday some landlords and tenants are not open to... Continue reading >

Some tenants are not using protections to stay in homes

10.1.2020
From payment assistance to an eviction delay, renters with financial issues have protections to help them stay in their homes. But it takes knowing the rules and using them to stay in your home even if you can't pay. And some tenants either don't know the rules or are confused by them. We were with... Continue reading >

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