Eviction ‘crisis’ in Durham: What will it take to fix it?

A pilot program, the Durham Eviction Diversion Program, has started to make a dent.

News Story (North Carolina)

Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan
Herald-Sun (Durham, NC)
April 19, 2018

Tags: Housing: Eviction, Law School Clinics

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC), Duke Law School Civil Justice Clinic


Duke law professor Charles Holton, director of the Civil Justice Clinic, said they have handled 58 cases since they started the program. Of those cases, 79 percent of evictions were avoided.

Holton said they received many more referrals to the program but with limited time windows and resources, “we were unable to make contact with many potential clients or their cases were already so far along that there was nothing that we could do.”

He said that the 79 percent success rate would likely be lower if it was for all 900 new eviction cases filed each month, but “it is still clear that legal representation will significantly lower the rates of eviction in Durham County.”