We need your help to cover the costs! So far, we have developed the manual and campaign with very minimal funding. As we get ready to launch the manual, we need your support in funding for printing, snacks and refreshments at information sessions for renters to learn how to use the manual, child care, and transportation costs for our volunteers. Your full donation will go directly to these uses!
The legal process of eviction is highly complex and many tenants do not understand their rights within it. Even though the eviction process is very tilted in the favor of landlords, understanding legal opportunities for intervention can buy tenants time and prevent or reduce debt. Sometimes it can stop an eviction altogether. The purpose of this project is to reduce the harm caused by lack of knowledge and legal representation.
We started developing the manual with the understanding that the majority (53 percent) of tenants lose the opportunity to challenge their eviction in court because they do not file an answer. Many other tenants file an answer without a proper legal defense or fail to show up to their court date, which speeds up the eviction process and loses the tenant the opportunity to challenge their case.
We will target areas of Atlanta hardest hit by the eviction crisis to build capacity for renters to learn and teach each other skills to navigate the eviction process. As Franklin Mack, tenant organizer with Housing Justice League, put it, we are working to first “stop the bleeding.” We see this work as necessary for building resiliency and leadership within communities that can move the housing justice movement in Atlanta forward and to win longer term solutions.