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Tenants’ Rights Workshops in Eviction WaveSide Effects Public Media/Indiana Public Broadcasting
The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated a dramatic housing and evictions crisis throughout the country. We worked with community partners to create a free series of workshops to help tenants stay housed.
Conecta ArizonaConecta Arizona
Conecta Arizona is a multi-platform news and information service – distributed through WhatApp, Facebook, Telegram, radio and podcast – that serves Spanish-speakers in Arizona and Sonora, Mexico.
Documented Semanal is a newsletter serving Spanish-speaking immigrant communities in New York, and allowing them to participate in the making of journalism on the most pressing issues affecting them.
Yellowhammer History HuntAlabama Public Television
Yellowhammer History Hunt is a digital series that takes viewers on a journey through Alabama’s past, exploring the places and people that define Alabama. Includes corresponding educational materials.
MHTV’s Response to COVID – 2020 & 2021MHTV - Marblehead Community Access & Media, Inc.
MHTV is a tiny, non-profit, public access television station, available only to cable TV subscribers in Marblehead, MA. At least we were… until COVID came to town.
OETA Art ClubOklahoma Educational Television Authority
Art Club is a youth engagement initiative centered on the local broadcast arts program, “Gallery America”. The program serves to help amplify youth voices through learning and performance in art.
Vegas PBS STEAM CampVegas PBS
Vegas PBS STEAM Camp is a multi-platform series that fosters positive attitudes and perceptions about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) in children ages 6-8, with a local spin!
WQED in the Time of Covid. “Rising to the Occasion” Community Impact ReportWQED
WQED’s annual report is unconventional, but so is the time that we live. Rather than report on a calendar year, we have opted to reflect on the pandemic year.
Conecta ArizonaConecta Arizona
Conecta Arizona is a multi-platform news-you-can-use service that serves Spanish speakers in Arizona with accurate and timely information about Covid-19 and a wide range of related topics.
Tenants’ Rights Workshops in Eviction Wave
When community partners raised the alarm of an impending evictions crisis, we partnered with the nonpartisan legal group Indiana Legal Services to educate renters about their rights as tenants and their recourses if they thought those rights were being violated. We also instructed them in how to find and apply for emergency rental assistance. Since October 2021, we have done five of these workshops: four in-person events, held in accessible community locations like libraries, churches and education facilities; and one online version to accommodate people with transportation difficulties. We market heavily to community service organizations near the event site, including but not limited to churches, schools, coffee shops, food pantries, and any other organization that might serve as a natural gathering place or an active provider of assistance.
These events always include an overview of a tenant’s rights and a summary of available resources. Our partners at ILS make time to accommodate tenants’ questions during and after each event. Tenants are able to take “resource packs” full of helpful handouts and eviction expungement paperwork with them when they leave. Additionally, because we know people in need of housing assistance may be dealing with other financial difficulties, we make sure some kind of refreshment–usually boxed lunches from Panera–is available for our attendees.
To date, our workshops have served more than 120 people, including representatives from nearly 30 community organizations. We have also helped with supplemental programs, including a “Data and Drafts” community conversation with The Polis Center about available housing in Indianapolis. Our organizations have longstanding partnerships with The Polis Center, so we connected them with our partners at ILS, who were able to attend the event and provide critical context and nuance to the data presented in the talk.
Survey respondents and partners have had overwhelmingly positive reactions to the events. Nearly 90 percent of survey respondents indicated the presentation had been helpful and answered the questions they had as they came in. Often Indiana Legal Services staff were able to follow up with attendees in the following days when they had specific questions and concerns. ILS shared, “Attendees reached out to us directly with follow up questions and for additional services. From these conversations, we also connected individuals to our intake process for legal services provided to ILS clients. Even months later, people have reached out as new issues come up.”