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Worried about eviction during the Covid storm? There’s Help

Tulsa Eviction Prevention Clinic

Published 10/15/2020 | Reading Time 1 min 34 sec 

Multiple community partners are coming together to sponsor the Tulsa Eviction Prevention Clinic on Saturday, Oct 17 from 10 AM to 2 PM at the 36th Street North Event Center in North Tulsa. 

Oklahoma families have been facing a widespread eviction and housing crisis well before the pandemic struck. Now, this crisis has only deepened as many families face the possibility of homelessness without immediate intervention and support.

These committed community organizations believe in the critical importance of spreading the word and increasing access to the resources made available as a result of the CDC eviction moratorium and the Oklahoma and Tulsa County emergency rental assistance program.

As Katie Dilks, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Access to Justice Foundation, stated recently “most folks just don’t know about the moratorium, and many still don’t know about rental assistance, either,” she said. “The vast majority being helped at court learn about it for the first time when an attorney or volunteer tells them about it.”

Rental assistance is available to those who need it, but the deadline to apply is the end of October. At the event on Saturday, Tulsans who are struggling to pay rent as a result of the pandemic get in-person legal advice and complete an application for rental assistance. Attendees who qualify will also be able to sign a declaration to avoid eviction.

Those interested in getting support at Saturday’s event should bring with them:

      • A copy of their current lease
      • Contact information for the property owner or agent
      • Proof of loss of income during the pandemic 

Individuals will be able to speak with a lawyer about their options and upload necessary documents on-site. All copies of the documents will be deleted after the application is completed to protect personal privacy.

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Community partners for this event include the City of Tulsa, the Met Cares Foundation, the 36th Street North Event Center, Still She Rises, Oklahoma Access to Justice Foundation, Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Restore Hope Ministries, Housing Solutions of Tulsa and The Power of Families Project.

All appropriate measures will be taken to ensure health and safety at the event, per CDC guidelines. All those who attend are required to wear a mask and follow social distancing practices.

 

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