LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Thousands of Southern Nevadans are struggling to stay in their homes and could be facing eviction, but local leaders and agencies have collaborated to help those facing an eviction notice.
Gov. Steve Sisolak’s eviction moratorium expires on May 31, and the CDC’s eviction moratorium expires on July 1.
“We don’t want anyone to become homeless if they can stay in their homes,” said Clark County Commissioner Marilyn Kirkpatrick. “We’re here and we have plenty of resources.”
What’s new is the Southern Nevada Eviction Prevention Program, which ties those resources together with the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, making it easier for the tenant. The program will link tenants with CHAP, or CARES Housing Assistance Program, free legal advice and mediation help.
Jim Berchtold with the legal aid center said there are four critical things a tenant must do to protect themselves:
- Tenant must, if eligible, sign a CDC declaration and give it to their landlord
- Tenant needs to apply for rental assistance through the CHAP program
- If tenant receives an eviction notice, they must file an answer with the Justice Court
- When the tenant files that answer with the court, the tenant needs to elect mediation
They say filing a response will trigger a review by the county.
Kevin Schiller, assistant county manager, says multiple agencies and departments are coming together for this:
“With that moratorium ending, and as we move forward, this collaboration has not existed in the history of the state. What this will allow for is a connection point between mediators, the CHAP rental assistance program, Clark County, in conjunction with the courts.”
Currently, there are around 9,000 applications pending for housing assistance. At one point, there were 20,000. The county says they are bringing on more workers to address that.
An eligible household of four can make up to $60,000 a year.
They say there is still $160 million worth of assistance left to disperse and estimate it will help 40,000 households. Already, more than $254 million in assistance has been distributed.