Housing Education and Assistance in Tennessee

The program provides housing assistance and education to low-income community members. Services include: mediation, education and legal advice.

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Basic Information

Short Description

The program provides legal aid through housing assistance and education to low-income community members. Services include: mediation, education and legal advice.

Location

17 Counties in West Tennessee

Funding

LSC (Legal Services Corporation), Housing Counseling, CDBG and FHIP funds

Size (number of beneficiaries)

Over 1000


Stakeholders

Who runs and manages the program?

West Tennessee Legal Services: involves legal services and housing counseling staff

Who funds the program?

LSC, Housing Counseling, CDBG and FHIP funds

Intended Beneficiaries: Who does the program target?

Low-income individuals


Program Details

How does the program work? What are the typical paths of action that the beneficiary + the service-provider take?

The tenant completes and intake and is referred to the Housing Education and Assistance department. Once the department receives the referral, they complete an assessment of housing needs, specifically examining all cases of pending evictions for any legal defenses and evaluating all cases for possible fair housing violations.

If it has not proceeded to eviction yet, the staff advises the client on their rights and if necessary engage in negotiations with the housing provider to avoid judicial action against the client.


Evidence Base

What are the plans for monitoring and evaluation?

There are currently no plans for evaluation.

Have any evaluations been conducted so far?

N/a


Contact and Follow-Up Info

Documentation + Links

Point of Contact for more information

Vanessa Bullock, Managing Attorney at vanessa [@] wtls.org

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