Durham eviction crisis: What the city’s going to spend on it

The City Council voted to provide $200,000 for two lawyers and a paralegal. The money will help the program serve twice as many clients.

News Story (North Carolina)

Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan
Herald-Sun (Durham, NC)
May 31, 2018

Tags: Funding: State & Local, Housing: Eviction

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


The Durham Community Development Department recommended that Durham County fund $90,000 for the Eviction Diversion Program because it is already responsible for emergency rental assistance through the Department of Social Services. Reginald Johnson, director of community development, said they did not recommend city funding, instead proposing the city fund homeless diversion and other housing priorities.

But council members said previously, and again during Thursday’s budget work session, that they wanted to pay for legal help for eviction diversion.