Defense eviction programs open in Colorado. Focus on Denver
The Colorado Judicial Branch last week filed applications for grants from the Eviction Legal Defense Fund 2022, an initiative that funds programs that provide legal assistance to people who are facing an eviction.
For this round, numerous applicants will be awarded grants totaling $ 1.55 million, the Colorado Judicial Branch said.
The grant program was launched by the Colorado General Assembly in 2019 to provide free legal advice to people who are evicted or threatened with eviction.
This grant round comes because the federal eviction moratorium expires by July 31, paving the way for the evacuation of tenants who are unable to pay rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The state eviction moratorium in Colorado expired in December.
Despite federal and state eviction moratoriums, Denver had nearly 4,000 evictions filed in 2020, 90% of which resulted in the eviction of tenants. In these cases, 95% of landlords had legal counsel while only 1% of renters did, according to Denver County Court data.
Grant applicants must be non-profit organizations that serve the legal needs of individuals at risk of eviction or being affected by it.
Organizations should provide full legal services, including representation in immigration and arrest procedures, lawsuits for damages or other rental violations, legal assistance prior to filing an eviction, and any other judicial action necessary to protect a tenant’s interests.
The grants are awarded based on factors such as the number of clients an applicant program has served in the past year and the location of the service, the Colorado Judicial Branch said.
Applications are possible until July 15th, 5:00 p.m. You can find the application form here.
Applications and questions should be directed to [email protected]