Clark County Commissioner Justin Jones is co-hosting a housing resource forum on Wednesday, June 9, with U.S. Rep. Susie Lee, Nevada Assemblywoman Brittney Miller and officials from the Legal Aid Center of Southern and Clark County’s Social Service Department to help people understand their legal rights regarding evictions and rental assistance. The discussion will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Desert Breeze Community Center, 8275 Spring Mountain Road.
With the expiration of the state’s eviction moratorium last month and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s ending June 30, local and state leaders, the courts and other organizations launched the Southern Nevada Eviction Prevention Program to provide free legal help and resources to residents facing eviction.
“Our local economy was one of the hardest hit in the country because of the shutdown caused by the pandemic,” said Commissioner Jones. “We are working together to protect as many families and individuals as possible from losing a roof over their heads as they are trying to get back on their feet. We encourage anyone facing possible eviction because of hardship from COVID-19 to join us so they can understand their rights and learn about the resources available to assist them.”
Tenants who receive an eviction notice are advised to promptly file a response with the local Justice Court identified on the notice and select mediation in their response. Responses may be filed online or via email with some courts. Tenants also may file responses in person at court or at one of several Legal Aid Center outreach events. Filing a response with the court will trigger additional review by Clark County, which will have a case worker reach out to the tenant, guide them through the County’s CARES Housing Assistance Program application process and connect them with other resources if necessary. As with other CHAP applicants, tenants facing eviction will be required to provide financial and other documentation and meet strict income limits. For more information about CHAP visit CHAP.ClarkCountyNV.gov.
Landlords who participate in the eviction prevention program receive the back rent owed to them in return for agreeing to drop the eviction proceedings and promising not to evict the tenant for non-payment of rent for the following 60 days. Landlords also have the legal right to refuse to participate in the program and move forward with eviction proceedings.
During the past year, the County’s CHAP program has provided more than $107 million in housing or utility assistance to about 24,000 households in Southern Nevada. With additional funding recently provided by the state, County and local cities, there is more than $160 million now available for rental assistance, which is expected to be enough to help 40,000 more households.
Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the nation’s 11th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to 2.4 million citizens and 45.6 million visitors a year (2019). Included are the nation’s 7th-busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The County also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to 1.1 million residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.