Jackson County Landlords Seek 42 Evictions Per Day, And The Toll On Families Is Staggering

That means, in any given week, more than 100 families are cast from the relative security of a rental home into a frightening and demeaning limbo.

Audio, News Story (Missouri)

Barbara Shelly
KCUR (Kansas City)
April 19, 2018

Tags: Housing: Eviction

Organizations mentioned/involved: Heartland Center for Jobs & Freedom (Kansas City)


Gina Chiala, executive director of the Heartland Center for Jobs and Freedom, is a regular presence in the Jackson County Courthouse, especially on Thursdays, when five judges there and one in Independence handle the landlord-tenant docket – better known as eviction court.

Very few tenants hire counsel before coming to court, she says. But Chiala, a lawyer, says some evictions could be prevented if tenants had legal representation or even an understanding of the process.