ALBANY — Linn County residents who may be facing eviction now have a free local resource that can help them avoid the process, thanks to Linn County Eviction Prevention Clinic, sponsored through the Linn County Law Library.
Linn County Law Librarian Amber Boedigheimer secured a $41,000 American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant to support the clinics that will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every other Friday beginning Aug. 6 at the Law Library, 304 Broadalbin SW, Albany. The clinics come as state and federal eviction moratoriums end.
“I will be glad to work with someone one-on-one or in groups,” Boedigheimer said. She said the clinic is designed primarily for low-income families that are facing eviction. “We will provide court forms, guidance about how to apply for the Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program and the like,” Boedigheimer said.
She said program participants will need to provide some basic income and job status information, as well as outline their public assistance needs and how much rent is past due.
“Our goal is to provide early intervention and if possible, avert the eviction process all together,” Boedigheimer said. “We hope to reduce the overall number of eviction in the county and to reduce housing instability issues.”
The Linn County Law Library’s Eviction Prevention Clinic receives support from Community Services Consortium, Legal Aid, the Linn-Benton Housing Authority, N2N and the Albany Public Library.
To learn more about the law library, visit http://www.co.linn.or.us/law%20library/.