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Applications open for eviction diversion grants

Applications open for eviction diversion grants

February 8, 2023 -- NCSC is accepting applications from jurisdictions interested in transforming their eviction courts as part of the Eviction Diversion Initiative’s (EDI) second cohort.

First launched in 2022, the grant program currently supports 12 state and local courts in their efforts to create holistic, sustainable, and community-driven eviction diversion programs. Each program is designed to use the court process to connect landlords and tenants with the time, information, and resources necessary to resolve their housing problems in a less harmful way.

“The work of the first EDI cohort has been nothing short of transformative,” said Samira Nazem, an NCSC principal court management consultant. “The EDI facilitators have been able to reposition longstanding court processes as opportunities for landlords and tenants to access the legal, financial, and supportive services they need to leave the courthouse in a better position than when they started. With the second round of grants, we are eager to build on this work as we branch out into new court systems and geographic regions.”

Participating courts receive grant funding for dedicated court staff and benefit from technical assistance and support from NCSC. In December, the first EDI convening brought together courts from Alaska, Nevada, Kansas, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, Tennessee, New York, and Washington, D.C., for two days of in-person networking and learning.

“EDI has enabled our court to have two wonderful holistic facilitators to work with tenants and property managers on removing barriers, finding solutions and working with partners in the community to prevent evictions before a case is filed,” said attendee Tanya Todd of the 61st District Court of Michigan. “The Eviction Diversion Initiative has enabled our court to approach the issue of stable housing and reach out to community members as soon as possible once a potential issue has been identified.”

If your court is ready to advance its eviction diversion efforts, register now for one of two upcoming webinars on February 13 and March 15. NCSC staff and participating courts will be on hand to provide a program overview and details about the application process.

Additional information about the Request for Applications for the 2023-2025 grant cycle is available at Applications are due Friday, April 21.

CTC 2023 session proposals due Feb. 17

Want to share your team’s latest and greatest technology solutions with others? Court Technology Conference (CTC) 2023 is the perfect venue for showcasing projects focused on continuity of operations and cybersecurity; digital courts; remote justice; data; AI; and more! This year’s conference will be in Phoenix, Ariz., from September 12 to 14.

Complete the Call for Presentations survey by Friday, February 17, to have your proposal considered by the education advisory committee. Notifications will be made by the end of May.

Conference registration opens in April. Contact Conference Services with attendance inquiries and Stacey Smith about exhibit and sponsorship opportunities.

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