One-stop Eviction Help Center unveiled as cases resume in Hamilton County

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Updated: Jun. 8, 2020 at 5:27 AM EDT
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CINCINNATI (FOX19) - As evictions resume Monday in Hamilton County for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic halted them nearly three months ago, a “one-stop” center to help keep people in their homes is being unveiled.

“In the midst of a global pandemic and record unemployment, now is not the time to be evicting people,” Hamilton County Clerk of Courts Aftab Pureval said in a news release Sunday.

The Eviction Help Center is located directly across from the Hamilton County Municipal Court room that will hold eviction hearings at the justice center, according to the release. Both landlords and tenants who visit the Help Center can receive legal resources and information about emergency rental assistance.

St. Vincent de Paul and the Community Action Agency will help administer funds to those in need.

Last week, Hamilton County Municipal Court judges voted to resume evictions Monday after working out a way to ensure landlords followed current federal guidelines that prohibit evictions at federally-backed properties.

The decision to resume eviction proceedings also came two days after a landlord who owns an apartment building in Mt. Washington sued the court’s presiding judges and asked the Ohio Supreme Court to order the municipal court and its judges get back to work on the cases.

Some 900 to 1,200 cases are pending, according to Hamilton County Clerk of Courts last week.

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