Extreme weather events and natural disasters have the potential to increase housing instability and eviction rates in impacted communities. Housing courts can plan and prepare for the future, adopting lessons learned from the successful eviction diversion programs established in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Courts have a crucial role to play in sharing information and connecting community members with resources, a role that is even more imperative during periods of extreme weather. As courts plan for the future, they should develop housing courts that will allow them to best operate and serve their communities in a changing climate.
- Hon. Nicholas Chu, Justice of the Peace, Precinct 5, Travis County Courts
- Noah Patton, Housing Policy Analyst, National Low Income Housing Coalition
- Elora Raymond, Assistant Professor of City & Regional Planning, Georgia Tech School of City & Regional Planning
- Tanya Todd, Clerk of the Court, Michigan 61st District Court
- Moderator: Samira Nazem, Principal Court Management Consultant, National Center for State Courts