CNE is partnering with Legal Aid of East Tennessee and local attorneys to provide free legal assistance to those facing eviction during the COVID-19 crisis. Free legal assistance may also be available for other legal issues. Please call 423-756-6271 to leave a voicemail with your name and a phone number where you can be reached.
The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent impact on our economy has left many local families questioning whether they can meet their rent payments. A recent Nooga.com article analyzed Household Pulse data and found that an estimated 18,100 renters in Hamilton County are at risk of eviction. Nationally, many predict an eviction crisis for millions of families, a crisis that will negatively impact both renter households and small property owners and landlords.
Evictions are devastating for a family and disruptive and costly for the whole community.
In an effort to mitigate the challenges our community faces, the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga has funded an initiative, The Eviction Prevention Program, that coordinates rent and utility assistance programs of the City of Chattanooga, services from Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise (CNE), and legal representation from Legal Aid and local lawyers to reduce the overall number of evictions and significantly reduce the economic cost of the pandemic to tenants, landlords, and our whole community. Social work case management through the Southern University Master of Social Work program may also be available for some clients to help ensure families’ longer-term housing stability.
We thank our partners for their collaborative efforts in the Eviction Protection Program. If you are interested in donating to the Homelessness Prevention Fund, please write a check to Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise with the memo line: Homelessness Prevention Fund. Your donation will be utilized by the project’s attorneys to help negotiate positive outcomes for tenant households facing eviction.