Legal services orgs tap CARES Act money for tenant representation

08/27/2020, Miscellaneous, Housing - Evictions

An increasing number of legal services programs have secured CARES Act funding to expand tenant representation.  These grants come from CDBG-CV, the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF), and Emergency Services Grants (ESG).  Examples include:

Atlanta ($150k CDBG-CV), Baltimore ($600k CDBG-CV), Charleston ($607k), Chicago ($500k CDBG-CV), Cincinnati ($4k CDBG-CV); Clark County NV ($400k CRF), Cleveland ($700k CDBG-CV), Columbus ($250k CRF), Colorado ($350k CRF), Columbus ($250k CRF), Detroit ($2.2 million CDBG-CV), Houston ($750k), Illinois ($225,000 CDBG-CV, $170,000 supplemental OAA Title III-B funding), Los Angeles ($8 million CDBG-V), Massachusetts ($12.3 million CRF), Michigan ($4 million CRF), Rochester New York ($460k ESG); San Mateo County ($1 million CDBG), Toledo ($100k CDBG), Pennsylvania ($8 million CRF), Texas ($4.2 million CRF, $500k ESG), and Vermont ($550k CRF).  Virginia has appropriated $2 million from its own "COVID-19 Relief Fund" to match a $2 million grant from IKEA.

For more details on some of these examples and tips on how your jurisdiction might do the same, check out Civil Legal Aid Funding in the Time of COVID-19 in the MIE Journal.