Arapahoe County residents who are facing potential eviction now have access to possible alternatives. The County is partnering with Colorado Legal Services (CLS), which provides civil legal services to low-income Coloradans, for an Eviction Clinic Pilot Program that is designed to help prevent or mitigate the adverse familial and societal impacts of eviction or other involuntary displacement and/or homelessness.
CLS grant attorneys and paralegals will be available at the County Building at 1690 W. Littleton Boulevard, 3rd floor, Littleton, 80120 starting on Tuesday, May 17 and will staff the clinic on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays between 8–11 a.m. They will work with the County’s Community Development Housing and Homelessness division to identify potential beneficiaries of these services.
The pilot program was recently approved by the County’s Board of Commissioners (BOCC) as part of its ARPA federal funding program. The BOCC approved a $1.5 million allocation to the program, which would not have been possible absent this one-time infusion of federal relief.
Prior to the pandemic, Arapahoe County already had one of the metro area's highest eviction rates, and the pandemic has only exacerbated this problem. A similar pilot program in Adams County represented 363 households, a total of 695 people, including 408 children; 85% of those households were able to retain their housing by giving them more time to move or obtain a housing voucher.
For more information or to set up an appointment, visit Colorado Legal Services.