As the country faces a potential tidal wave of eviction filings, D.C. Chief Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby and Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Hecht author The New York Times essay supporting eviction diversion efforts. Blackburne-Rigsby and Hecht both sit on the advisory council for the National Center for State Courts’ Eviction Diversion Initiative.
The Eviction Diversion Initiative (EDI) is a four-year grant program that offers funding and support to state courts to transform their eviction courts into problem-solving courts that embrace holistic, sustainable, and community-driven strategies for resolving legal problems. The EDI Initiative encourages courts to embrace this opportunity to think differently and to avoid going back to the old way of doing business. Through creative new programs and partnerships, courts can find a better way to managing their eviction courts and to prevent unnecessary and avoidable harm.
The guest essay can be read in its entirety on the website of the The New York Times.