Founder & Presiding Judge, Rachel L. Bell, shared, “This diversionary court and program was developed to assist the tenant and landlord with a streamlined way to navigate the current pandemic, particularly those whose income was affected directly by COVID-19 resulting in the inability to receive or pay rent. As a former Real Estate Attorney representing both Tenants and Landlords, I know all too well the sense of urgency for this court and the present need in this space.”
The L.E.G.A.C.Y. Housing Resource Diversionary Court & Program (Housing Resource Diversionary Court) will provide tools to support and foster mutual trust between landlords and tenants while seeking U.S. Treasury Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) funding with Metro Action Commission’s (MAC) HOPE (Housing, Opportunity, Partnership & Employment ) Program or CARES Grant relief money. These funds are to assist eligible tenants in paying arrearages to landlords and avoid possible eviction.