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File #: 18-4546    Version: 2 Name: Legal Aid of North Carolina - Housing Evictions
Type: Agenda Item Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 2/23/2018 In control: BOCC - Budget Public Policy
On agenda: 2/27/2018 Final action:
Title: : Legal Aid of NC: Housing Evictions
Attachments: 1. 8-11-16 Eviction Picture in Mecklenburg County.pdf
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Title:

Legal Aid of NC: Housing Evictions

 

Summary

ACTION:

Receive a report from Ted Fillette, the Executive Director of Legal Aid of North Carolina, on evictions in Charlotte and their eviction prevention program

 

 

Staff Contact:                      Michael A. Bryant, Management & Budget Director                      

 

 

Presentation:                      Yes                                          

 

 

BACKGROUND/JUSTIFICATION:

Approximately 30,000 formal evictions are filed in Mecklenburg County's courts annually and landlords are represented in about 80% of the cases. Because of the limited resources at Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC), only about 1% of tenants are represented by counsel; and many families are evicted needlessly.  Evictions cause these problems:  (1) harm to the physical and mental health of families, including adverse impacts on the development of and school achievement of children; (2) permanent barriers to future housing opportunities; (3) tenants migrating to unsafe and unhealthy housing; (4) long-term homelessness; (5) loss of work time and even loss of jobs, and (6) deterioration of neighborhoods.  Evictions are a cause of perpetuating poverty as well as a result of poverty.  Other tenants suffer from unsafe and unhealthy housing conditions that are illegal and can be remedied.

 

PROCUREMENT BACKGROUND:

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POLICY IMPACT:

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FISCAL IMPACT:

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