The winners include Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, which will develop a mediation program to help families facing evictions to stay in their homes.
News Story (Oklahoma)
December 19, 2018
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Tags: Housing: Eviction
Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma
Local landlords file more than 1,200 eviction cases a month, averaging 14,315 cases a year over the past decade. And Tulsa’s eviction rate now ranks No. 11 in the country, according to data from Eviction Lab, a nationwide research project based at Princeton University.
Legal Aid’s voluntary mediation process will begin with a paralegal’s assessing the situation, leading to negotiations between tenants and property owners.
“This grant is using what we know about human motivation and behavior,” said April Merrill, a Legal Aid coordinator, “to try to incentivize better relationships between landlords and tenants.”