As a result of the pandemic, tenants and landlords alike are struggling to pay their rent, leading to evictions that create long-term barriers to safe housing. St. Francis’ Immigrant Housing Justice Project works to resolve landlord-tenant issues, locates financial resources to assist families with rent and utility assistance, and represents clients facing harassment and eviction. Recognizing the particular challenges that immigrant tenants face, the IHPJ team works to meaningfully address the concerns of their clients and work to prevent eviction.
In one recent case, St. Francis’ Immigrant Housing Justice Project negotiated with a local landlord to secure housing for 11 tenants who were behind in rent and at risk of eviction. Our legal team was able to work with the landlord to reduce the amount that tenants were in arrears and provide tenants with direct aid assistance to satisfy their back rent owed. Because of this individualized advocacy, the IHPJ team was able to secure their housing.