Pinellas Eviction Diversion Program Featured in Urban Institute Research Report
We are proud to announce that the Pinellas Eviction Diversion Program was recently featured in an in-depth Housing Crisis Research Collaborative report by the Urban Institute. (Urban.org) The Urban Institute is a non-profit whose research organization is dedicated to developing evidence-based insights that strengthen communities and improve people’s lives.
The Institute started with a deep-dive into 47 different national eviction diversion programs, reviewing the key features and details of each. From there, they selected four programs and conducted interviews with the program administrators and stakeholders to understand program design, principal components, challenges, outcoming tracking, and more.
The Pinellas Eviction Diversion Program (PEDP) was one of the selected four programs. In-depth information on the structure of the program was shared by Executive Director Kimberly Rodgers. She shared that a key strength of the PEDP is being able to expedite rental assistance payments which is of great interest to many landlords. Once the landlords realize they may be able to get payments and quickly, they are more apt to get on board. PEDP key collaborator, Alex Strieder with the Homeless Leadership Alliance added that the counseling support provided is often vital for tenants, so they have an advocate in their corner who can help them both navigate the system and help repair broken relationships with landlords while working for a mutually beneficial solution.
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