The commission also said it is working with nonprofit partners to assist those at risk of eviction. Advocacy groups such as Action St. Louis and Reconciliation Services in Kansas City are reaching out directly to needy tenants and in some cases are going door to door. They are advising them of their legal rights and the steps they can take to try to stay in their homes.
In St. Louis, Mayor Tishaura O. Jones announced that $1.5 million will go to pay for legal services, mediation and emergency shelter for families facing eviction.
How are courts handling eviction hearings?The federal moratorium put pandemic-related evictions on hold, but it didn’t stop courts from hearing eviction cases. Robert Swearingen, an attorney for Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, said many evictions already approved by judges will begin immediately after the moratorium ends, and many other cases will go to court in August.
More than 13,000 eviction filings have been issued against tenants in Missouri’s two metropolitan areas since March 15, 2020, according to the Eviction Lab at Princeton University, which tracks evictions nationwide. That includes nearly 8,300 filings in St. Louis and St. Louis County combined as well as more than 5,100 in Jackson County.
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