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Once you have requested services a coordinator will contact you to discuss your options.
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EPRAS staff will connect you to the appropriate resource and offer follow up support as needed. It's important to follow through on your resolution as soon as possible.
2021 EPRAS Annual Report
The Eviction Prevention and Rental Assistance Services (EPRAS) program launched in January 2021 to help meet the needs of community members facing a potential eviction. The program helps people resolve eviction-related housing issues through legal services, rental assistance and mediation.
This program was swiftly implemented after voters passed the No Eviction Without Representation measure in November 2020 and is funded through an excise tax paid by landlords on each property they operate with a rental license. The EPRAS Program is part of the city’s Community Mediation and Resolution Center which works with community partners to provide landlord-tenant mediation and maintains resources for landlords and renters.
The report summarizes the first year of EPRAS program operations. Key highlights include:
- EPRAS team formed, and legal services contract initiated with Bridge to Justice.
- 390 tenants contacted EPRAS to access services before or at court.
- Evictions prevented in 63% cases at eviction court, a 26% increase compared to pre-EPRAS.
- Tenant Advisory committee formed and began quarterly meetings.
- $168,536 in rental assistance distributed to 82 households.
- Application of the racial equity tool to assess services and avoid disproportionate impacts on people of color community members.
After one full year, the program is working to update its policies and procedures in the second quarter of 2022 with the help of the Tenant Advisory Committee. As the program enters its second year, staff will begin work on an outreach strategy, with a focus on racial equity, to increase awareness of available services. The program is looking to build on the work done in 2021 as an important tool for a community still recovering from the pandemic.
For information on clients served, outcomes and other program data visit the EPRAS dashboard.
Information for Landlords
This program is funded by the Long-Term Rental Tax, which requires the following for long-term rental license holders: