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Eviction Prevention Project

For many families, paying one big, unexpected bill can mean the rent doesn’t get paid on time. Under Minnesota law, a landlord can file an eviction notice the first day the rent is late. Olmsted County District Court deals with more than 350 eviction cases per year.

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Project Information

About the project

Project Phase (Pre-concept, Concept, Plan, Develop, Available, Archive)

Available Phase


Impacts

PlanScape Impacts :

Level 1: Basic Needs, Housing, Legal Services

Level 2:

DMC Impacts:

Community Health Impacts:

Financial Stress/Homelessness


Collaborators

Contact: TBD ; Email: TBD ; Phone: TBD

Lead Organization: Legal Assistance of Olmsted County

Known/Likely Collaborators: Diversity Council ; IBM Volunteers (Previously Known as On Demand Community) ; IMAA ; Legal Assistance of Olmsted County ; Lutheran Social Service (LSS) in Rochester ; Mayo Clinic ; Olmsted County Community Services ; Rochester Area Nonprofit Consortium ; Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services ; Third Judicial District - Equal Justice Committee

Potential Collaborators:


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Detailed Description

 

Solution:


In 2019 Legal Assistance of Olmsted County and Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services created a one-stop shop eviction clinic in the Olmsted County Court House where tenants can access information and resources to avoid an eviction. Community and social service resources are complicated and time consuming to access. At the eviction clinic, legal aid attorneys meet with clients before an eviction hearing and help negotiate agreements allowing many people to stay in their homes. This new clinic has been enormously successful and has helped 90% of clients who came to the clinic and wanted help. Additionally, Lutheran Social Services works with clients to develop a plan for financial stability.

Impact:

 The partners will work with approximately 175 families during the year. The project will reduce immediate financial stress and support housing stability by streamlining help with housing and finances. Getting the eviction "expunged" or erased from the record is also a goal of the clinic.

Partners:

 
Legal Assistance of Olmsted County, Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, Lutheran Social Service, Olmsted County District Court, Olmsted County Social Services


 

The project is a collaboration of Legal Assistance of Olmsted County, Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota and Olmsted County District Court.

 

 

 

Key Status Reports


Key Status Reports


Eviction Diversion Program   Date: 2020/07/17  

A pre-eviction service to help divert nonpayment of rent, breach of lease, and failure to vacate cases from the courtroom.



Key Status Reports


Eviction Diversion Program   Date: 2020/07/17  

A pre-eviction service to help divert nonpayment of rent, breach of lease, and failure to vacate cases from the courtroom.


 

All Reports


July 17, 2020: Eviction Diversion Program

A pre-eviction service to help divert nonpayment of rent, breach of lease, and failure to vacate cases from the courtroom.

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Related PlanScape Status

Basic Needs, Housing, Legal Services  

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Created by support on 2018/09/09

 

 

 

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