Eviction Diversion Flyers
On Saturday, March 9, volunteers from Louisville Metro Resilience & Community Services’ Office for Women, Alltrade Property Management, Spalding University’s social work program, University of Louisville’s Kent School of Social Work stuffed envelopes in cooperation with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office. This envelope stuffing event was the culmination of many months of advocacy work by a small but mighty group referred to as the Eviction Workgroup.
Alltrade is part of this Eviction Workgroup that has been meeting for almost a year to discuss strategies to reduce evictions. The Metropolitan Housing Coalition, Legal Aid Society, the Coalition for the Homeless, the Office for Women and Alltrade have been working diligently to meet with community members with the focus of helping residents become aware of how the eviction process works, what their rights are as tenants and available resources in the community.
The Jefferson County Office of the Circuit Court Clerk’s office, which serves as custodian of all the courts in the county, has expressed their support for the initiative, including measures to include a resource flyer with all eviction summons. The Workgroup collaborated to create the resource flyer and then presented it to the Sheriff’s office to discuss logistics of getting the flyer into the hands of Jefferson County residents under eviction. Thanks to the coordination of the Office for Women, the small group of volunteers stuffed 5,000 envelopes that will then be used to issue the summons for eviction court in Jefferson County.
The flyer is just one of many ideas that the Workgroup has developed with the goal of reducing evictions – but there is much more work to be done in this area. The Workgroup will next focus on gathering data to indicate whether the flyer results in an increase of requests for assistance from the resources listed or any decrease in the number of eviction judgments in Jefferson County.