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Early Eviction Prevention 

 

 

COVID-19 has deepened our region's housing crisis. Low-income families who faced housing insecurity before the pandemic now find themselves unemployed/underemployed and unable to pay the rent. Although federal and state moratoria prevents COVID-impacted renters from eviction through December, renters are still responsible for months of unpaid back rent once the moratoria end. The Connecticut Fair Housing Center and the Partnership for Strong Communities has estimated that as many as 230,000 Connecticut families will need cash assistance to reduce rental arrearages and prevent evictions. Without rental debt assistance, these families are likely to be evicted and become homeless in the new year.

WHY IS EARLY EVICTION PREVENTION IMPORTANT?

 

Beyond the trauma of losing their home and often their belongings, a single eviction on a parent's record follows them for years. It can block a family's access to future housing and exclude them from renting in better neighborhoods. It can negatively impact credit scores and compromise future economic success. In response to the looming eviction crisis, Always Home has launched our EARLY EVICTION PREVENTION PROGRAM, a coordinated set of strategies focused on getting ahead of evictions and homelessness by reducing the necessity of evictions resulting from non-payment of rent. This proactive program is intended to help a household avoid eviction, shelter or homelessness, and regain housing stability.

HOW DOES EARLY EVICTION PREVENTION WORK?

Always Home's Early Eviction Prevention Program provides eligible families with Case Management and Client Education, Financial Resources and when necessary, referrals for Legal Representation. We guide families in landlord/tenancy negotiations, provide financial assistance with past-due or current rent, and develop budgets to go forward.  With Always Home's help, a landlord won't need to start the eviction process and families stay safely housed and free of the stigma associated with eviction.

"Eviction isn't just a condition of poverty; it's a cause of poverty."

 

 - Matthew Desmond, American Sociologist, Princeton University Professor, Principal Investigator of the Eviction Lab and Pulitzer Prize-winning Author of "Evicted"

If you think you might benefit from this program, please contact

Marlynn Benker at (860) 501-4816 or email her at mbenker@alwayshome.org

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