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62B District Court

The Salvation Army, the Department of Human Services, Community Legal Services of Western Michigan, Cooley Law School, and the 62B District Court are working together in the Eviction Diversion Program which provides low and moderate income families and individuals with eviction prevention assistance. Representatives from each agency are present every month while the court hears cases from about 15 apartment complexes in Kentwood. Tenants can access legal services and can meet with Salvation Army and DHS representatives to determine promptly if financial assistance is available. The agency can obtain all necessary information from the landlord at that time so that eligibility can be quickly determined. If the tenant qualifies for financial assistance, the court enters a conditional order of dismissal so that the tenant’s credit score is not affected.

As a result, landlords and tenants know whether the tenant will qualify for assistance. If the rent is not paid within 10 days, the landlord will be able to obtain and judgment and order of eviction.

The collaborative effort ensures a court sanctioned agreement process which

  • improves and/or restores a positive landlord/tenant relationship,
  • increases knowledge of tenant and landlord responsibilities,
  • prevents potential homelessness,
  • reduces the number of evictions and the costs associated with the process and
  • promotes and increases housing stability.

The 62B District Court was the third court in the state to implement an Eviction Diversion program following the 8th District Court (Kalamazoo) and the 55th District Court (Mason).