The NAACP chapter in Columbia, South Carolina and the South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center have just launched a pilot eviction diversion program to help tenants and landlords better resolve problems and resolve evictions. The pilot combines several functions:
- Providing clearer, and more supportive information about how the eviction process works
- Recruiting, training, and offering volunteer community navigators to help tenants navigate this process, fully understand information, and stay supported throughout their legal journey
- Pro bono legal assistance to have advice, counsel, and representation during the legal process
The recruitment form for the community navigators is here.
Their Twitter presence is here.
Housing Navigator Website and Digital Outreach
The Housing Navigator homepage is at this website (built in collaboration with Stanford Legal Design Lab).
The Navigator web page is meant both for potential clients and potential navigators.
In addition to the website, there is also outreach on Twitter, Instagram, and other social media outlets. They use digital assets and fliers to get the message out.
News media coverage on the Housing Navigator program
Read more from the partners and others in South Carolina in this March 2021 piece from South Carolina Public Radio: “Columbia Program Bridges Landlords, Tenants in Eviction Crisis.”