Cook County Introduces Program to Prevent Evictions

Toni Preckwinkle (Getty)

Toni Preckwinkle (Getty)

Cook County is rolling out a program that will initially provide $1 million to limit the expected avalanche of evictions and foreclosures residents face.

County Board President Toni Preckwinkle this week unveiled “Cook County Legal Aid for Housing and Debt,” according to Crain’s.

During a press conference, Preckwinkle said the wave of evictions and foreclosures will hit especially hard “the most vulnerable among us, Black and brown residents.” She added, “This is unacceptable.”

Preckwinkle also called on Congress for additional aid that will help fund the initiative. The program’s initial money will come from the county’s share of the federal CARES Act.

The first major component to the program is designed to help tenants and landlords find a payment plan without going to court. If the sides can’t agree, the aim will be to create “a dignified exit by the tenant,” such as providing time for the

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With State Moratorium Lifted, Evictions Spike in South Florida

Florida’s moratorium on evictions and foreclosures expired at the end of September. Since then, enforcement of eviction orders has resumed in some counties.



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From April to the end of September, the state didn’t allow renters to be evicted from their homes, giving people some time to get through the tough times caused by COVID-19.

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“The order which was put in place to help, but there’s always people there to take advantage of something that is good,” said Kandace Edwards, a local landlord.

Edwards says the state moratorium made it difficult to evict a tenant who was not paying rent.

“Not until the beginning of October that BSO said they could finally go in and on October 7, the officer came here and put the sticker on the door,” Edwards said. “By that time, she was long gone.”

But Edwards says she is out

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Massachusetts evictions start to see exponential rise

Eviction filings in Massachusetts are seeing an exponential rise as courts prepare to hear the first cases filed against tenants behind on rent amid the coronavirus pandemic that has spurred widespread business closures and mass unemployment.



a sign in front of a building: BOSTON, MA. - OCTOBER 15: Protester hold a signs during a rally to prevent Massachusetts evictions in front of Boston Housing Court on October 15, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/ MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)


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BOSTON, MA. – OCTOBER 15: Protester hold a signs during a rally to prevent Massachusetts evictions in front of Boston Housing Court on October 15, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/ MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

In the five weeks since a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures ended, eviction filings have nearly doubled every week, jumping from 21 on Oct. 19 to 689 last week and housing advocates warn its a trend likely to continue.

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“We are now really just at the start of the eviction process being fully open in the wake of the lapse of the moratorium and it remains a real concern to

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Cook County announces effort to combat expected wave of evictions, foreclosures

“A wave is on the horizon here in Cook County and across the country,” Preckwinkle said, and “the heaviest burden will fall on the most vulnerable among us, Black and Brown residents. This is unacceptable.” 

Along with representatives of the Cook County Board, Chicago City Hall and the Circuit Court of Cook County, Preckwinkle unveiled an initiative called Cook County Legal Aid for Housing and Debt, or CLAAHD, a county-wide effort to help people deal with eviction, foreclosure, tax debt and property deed issues. 

Its initial funding is $1 million from the county’s share of CARES Act funding, but Preckwinkle said she expects the programs to last well beyond the use of that money and called on Congress to provide more aid. 

The aim is to prevent widespread displacement from housing due to “a crisis that none of us expected,” said Alma Anya, commissioner of Cook County’s Seventh District, on

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Cook County launches legal assistance initiative to help residents facing evictions, foreclosures, unresolved debt

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle Monday announced a new legal assistance initiative geared to help residents facing evictions, foreclosures or unresolved debt issues during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Early Resolution Program — the first of several programs operated under the new Cook County Legal Aid for Housing and Debt (CCLAHD) initiative — will provide free legal assistance, counseling, pre-court mediation and case management for residents and landlords dealing with evictions and delinquent property taxes, Preckwinkle said during a virtual news conference.

Preckwinkle said there will be a tax deed specific program planned for 2021 that will be focused on early outreach to residents who start to fall behind on paying taxes. There’s also a mortgage foreclosure specific program in the works, the county board president said.

“Cook County has been experiencing an affordable housing crisis since at least the turn of the century and the trend has only grown

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HUD urges localities to prevent evictions by using grant funds

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Rental assistance to prevent evictions is an allowable use of $7 billion in HUD CARES Act funds

Consistent with President Donald Trump’s executive order “Fighting the Spread of COVID-19 by Providing Assistance to Renters and Homeowners,” the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has reiterated the Trump administration’s commitment to minimize displacement and evictions resulting from the COVID-19 global pandemic national emergency. HUD is reminding all grantees – states, cities, communities and nonprofits – who received Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) or Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds that they may use these funds to provide rental assistance or other aid to individuals experiencing financial hardship because of the pandemic and are at risk of being evicted, consistent with applicable laws, regulations and guidance.

“From day one of this pandemic, the administration has done everything in our power to ensure that the American

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COVID’s housing crisis: evictions resume, foreclosures loom

One of the long-term side effects of the COVID-19 pandemic could be its impact on the housing market.

Whether it was illness, lost wages, or a mix of both — many renters have fallen behind on their bills.

Now, we are starting to see a wave of evictions — and even as infection rates spike again, legal protections and financial assistance programs are ending.

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When the pandemic started in March, Tiffany Ford was one of thousands of South Floridians out of work.

The single mom living in Lake Worth had to rely on unemployment to support her three young children.

But now that unemployment benefits have reduced, she has fallen behind on bills, and is facing eviction.

“It was just days of crying, frustration, stress, wondering what do I do if the worst happens?” Ford said. “My landlord said if I can’t get the money, he wanted

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Will Foreclosures and Evictions Derail a Recovery?

While the results of last night’s presidential election remain too close to call, a leading political science academic is warning that the January 2021 occupant of the White House will be forced to deal with the greatest foreclosure and eviction crisis since the Great Recession.

After the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the economy, moratoriums were declared on both foreclosures and evictions. But these measures were only temporary and will be gone by 2021 unless they are renewed.

In an opinion piece published on the Informed Comment website, John Buell, a former professor at the College of the Atlantic, observed that an after-effect of the COVID-19 pandemic’s economic trauma will weigh on the housing market as homeowners and renters struggle to keep up with housing costs.

“If foreclosures and evictions are standing in the way of recovery, it is also safe to say that the draconian cuts in budgets of state and

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Jacksonville to use $5.3 million to prevent evictions and foreclosures

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Duval County residents and small-business owners facing the threat of eviction or foreclosure because of lost income and paychecks during the COVID-19 pandemic will be able to apply for help from a $5.3 million program being launched by the city of Jacksonville and the Jacksonville Bar Association.

The money will help confront the building financial pressure on people who have lost income during the pandemic and fell behind on paying rent, which United Way of Northeast Florida administrator Jeff Winkler has called a “one of the sleeping giants of 2021 we’re going to have to face.”

Jacksonville City Council unanimously voted Tuesday to create the new program for preventing evictions and foreclosures by using money from the federal CARES Act aimed at helping communities during the pandemic.

The Jacksonville Bar Association brought the concept to Mayor Lenny Curry’s staff after learning about a similar program

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Animal Rescue League of Boston offering foster homes for pets put out by evictions

The Animal Rescue League of Boston plans to try to keep a roof over the heads of the Boston area’s animals, offering anyone now facing eviction the chance to temporarily put their furry friends up in a foster home.



a person talking on a cell phone: BOSTON MA. - OCTOBER 22:  Aimee Christian, vp animal welfare and veterinary medicine, speaks as the Animal Rescue League announces a program to temporarily house pets during these trying times and went pet owners get beyond the tough time, reunite the pets with their pet owners, rather than pet owners abandoning their pets, on October 22, 2020 in Boston, MA. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)


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BOSTON MA. – OCTOBER 22: Aimee Christian, vp animal welfare and veterinary medicine, speaks as the Animal Rescue League announces a program to temporarily house pets during these trying times and went pet owners get beyond the tough time, reunite the pets with their pet owners, rather than pet owners abandoning their pets, on October 22, 2020 in Boston, MA. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

“At the core of its mission, ARL believes in keeping people and pets together, and is offering temporary shelter for animals whose owners may be experiencing housing instability or may be at imminent risk of homelessness,” the organization said

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