HUD Awards $20 Million for Eviction Protection and Diversion

In a first-of-its-kind action, the Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $20 million in grants from its Eviction Protection Grant Program. These grants are being awarded to legal service providers to assist their efforts in providing legal assistance to low-income tenants at risk or subject to eviction.

HUD has selected ten organizations for this first award. Those organizations are –

  • Advocates for Basic Legal Equality – Toledo, OH;
  • Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation – Atlanta, GA;
  • Community Legal Aid, Inc. – Worcester, MA;
  • Connecticut Fair Housing Center – Hartford, CT;
  • Idaho Legal Aid Services – Boise, ID;
  • Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc. – Jacksonville, FL;
  • Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada – Las Vegas, NV;
  • Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York – Albany, NY;
  • Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc. – Geneva, NY; and
  • Legal Services of Eastern Missouri – St. Louis, MO

Individual grants ranged from $1 million to $2.4 million.

This program was created due to studies that show a resident’s chance of being evicted is much greater if they lack legal representation. A study in Minnesota found that fully represented tenants win or settle cases 96% of the time and clients receiving limited representation win or settle their cases 83% of the time. Tenants without representation win or settle just 62% of the time.

Properties in the areas noted above should expect more eviction challenges in the months ahead.