We believe that we can break the cycle of generational poverty, better our community, and save the court system time and money by intervening in a tenant’s eviction case at the moment when the tenant is served with an eviction notice.
Eviction is both a cause and effect of poverty and has been linked to a host of negative consequences for individuals, families, and neighborhoods. The effects of eviction, however, can be mitigated through effective use of the court system.
Every tenant facing eviction must engage with the legal system, and almost all tenants do so without representation.
From the court’s perspective, cases with unrepresented parties are incredibly inefficient and put tremendous pressure on court systems. This pressure is magnified when the court handles tens of thousands of cases every year.
Representation for all participants would have a positive impact on outcomes, the court system, and often for landlords, but representation for all participants in the eviction process would be extraordinarily expensive and difficult to organize.
We found the next best thing- intervention with basic information about housing court, delivered when a tenant is served with an eviction notice.
Phonesis Technologies, via its Eviction Assistance Mobile Application (“Eviction Assistance MAP”), will enhance outcomes for all involved – and save courts time and money - by delivering timely, user friendly information about housing court in a way that is easy to understand.