Resources for Advocates Assisting with Eviction Prevention

From the National Center on Law and Elder Rights: For Entire Post, Go Here…

PRACTICE TIP • September 2020

Civil legal aid plays a critical role in eviction prevention, and eviction prevention is crucial to the health of older adults. The COVID-19 crisis has brought national attention to longstanding housing vulnerability for low-income older adults.

In the spring, researchers estimated that federal CARES Act eviction protections provided relief to roughly 43 million renters. In the absence of these protections, evicted individuals may have become homeless, threatening the lives of older adults who are more at risk for severe illness from
COVID-19 than the general population.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, evictions threaten to increase the spread of COVID-19 as they force people to move, often into close quarters in new, shared housing settings with friends or family, or congregate settings such as homeless shelters.

Civil legal aid is a crucial intervention to preventing eviction. Multiple studies demonstrate that when tenants have legal representation, they are more likely to remain housed, ultimately reducing their risk of homelessness. This Practice Tip is intended to clarify existing resources for attorneys to reference when assisting clients with eviction prevention. This is not direct legal advice, or a guide to the eviction process. Federal eviction protections are evolving, and state and local eviction regulations vary significantly. It is important to connect with a legal services attorney to understand each individual situation. Advocates reviewing this Practice Tip should use it as a guide for reference to other materials for more information.

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