"[When COVID-19 restrictions] were starting to be lifted to the point at which landlords can take people to court....I was able to talk to someone [at the Durham Eviction Diversion Program]...to get a few guidelines of what I could do or who I could turn to with this situation."
The Durham Eviction Diversion Program "prevented me from being evicted and made it possible for me to pay my rent and be able still to do the things I needed to do for my children and pay the rest of my bills, so it was very helpful. I'm very appreciative...
A lovely woman at Legal Aid was very good too-- she was on top of everything, she was easy to work with, she was efficient, it was all around good experience."
"If it was not for [the Durham Eviction Diversion Program] me and my children would probably not have anywhere to stay... I’ve just never seen a program move as fast as this program has...I'm just really grateful for it."
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"We have collaborated with Legal Aid throughout the pandemic. Our Walk In Ministry financially serves some of the most vulnerable individuals in the community and Legal Aid has provided the legal protection that has kept many of these individuals and families from becoming homeless. Legal Aid has been responsive to our referrals, has followed through with services, and has treated clients with respect."
" Duke Memorial United Methodist Church was excited to join with Legal Aid just a year ago to assist our neighbors’ housing needs. Our congregation’s Good Samaritan Fund is operated by volunteers who respond to requests once a month so we recognize we do not have the resources to assist the huge need in our neighborhood. Legal Aid Eviction Diversion Program has a working relationship with clients which means they know the areas of greatest need and where our funds will have the greatest impact. In the past six months we have helped 9 households with an average of $250 per household. We are thankful for this partnership."
"Durham Congregations In Action has supported the work of Legal Aid for the past four years. Their work on eviction prevention has been an essential resource for our network of faith-communities and nonprofit partners. We've relied on Legal Aid's analysis for educating faith-community leaders and identifying action steps to assist people in housing crisis. Legal Aid's partnership has provided housing advocates and faith-communities involved in homelessness intervention an additional avenue for keeping people housed."