(CBS DETROIT) The Detroit eviction crisis is becoming a growing problem as COVID Emergency Rental Assistance (CREA) funds run low.
According to a research report by Stout, 53% of Detroit residents are renters and approximately 30,000 households are evicted each year.
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The City of Detroit partners with the Gilbert Family Foundation to protect families from disruptive displacement.
“Today’s announcement comes on the hills of the passage of the city’s first-ever Right to Counsel ordinance that I have the honor of sponsoring,” said Mary Sheffield, chairman of the Detroit City Council.
“Yes, it finally came after three and a half years of research, discussions and very, very long negotiations.”
The Detroit Eviction Defense Fund is a $12 million investment that supports full legal access for families with a child earning equal to or less than 50% of the area’s median income.
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“That works out to about $35,500 for a family of three,” says Jennifer Gilbert, co-founder of the Gilbert Family Foundation.
Stout’s analysis shows that tenants with representation are almost 18 times more likely to avoid eviction.
“The Gilbert Family Foundation and the Detroit Eviction Defense Fund are significant contributors,” said Conrad Mallet, counsel for Detroit Corporation.
“Clearly, the data (Neil Steinkamp, researcher Stout) shared with us is compelling. It is clearly a call for a moral and ethical response and we must make an organized effort to help residents facing eviction.”
The United Community Housing Coalition, Michigan Legal Services and Lakeshore Legal Aid will each receive $4 million over three years to represent tenants.
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