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A Remarkably Simple Solution to Eviction Prevention
March 16, 2011
- In Massachusetts, the Malden Housing Authority partnered with the nonprofit Housing Families, Inc. to provide interventions to tenants who were behind on rent payments and had received an eviction warning notice. Interventions included one-time cash assistance, case management, or a combination of both. To date, every family who has participated in the program has remained stably housed.
- In King County, the eviction prevention initiative was spearheaded by the King County Housing Authority’s Resident Services and Housing Management departments and focused on the early identification of tenants at risk of eviction. Since the start of this concerted effort, there has been a sharp reduction in evictions – no more than six in each year of the new program.
- Cleveland, Ohio found that an unacceptably high level of elderly persons and persons with disabilities were being evicted from subsidized housing administered by the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) because they had not submitted necessary renewal paperwork. CMHA partnered with local service provider EDEN, Inc. and referred to EDEN a list of households who were at risk of eviction. Of the list of at-risk tenants, EDEN was able to contact at least 92 percent each month. Of tenants contacted, EDEN was able to complete the necessary recertification paperwork and prevent an eviction in every single case.