Tenant Assistance Project

The Tenant Assistance Project officially launched in April 2020, as the state's first moratorium on eviction was set to expire. 

Prior to the Tenant Assistance Project, tenants would arrive at court unrepresented and often agree to an immediate eviction because they couldn’t navigate the legal process themselves. Now, when tenants arrive for their hearing, they are greeted by a team of volunteers ready to help, and in nearly 98% of the cases, the tenant is able to avoid immediate eviction.

More than half of the Tenant Assistance Project volunteers in Lancaster County are law students. They create eviction defense packets, notify tenants of hearings and resources available, and represent tenants during eviction hearings. 

Since its inception, the program has helped keep more than 2,000 families in their homes and connect tenants to resources, including over $20 million in federal aid or rental assistance. 

Tenant Assistance Project in the News

Tenant Assistance Project Announced in Lincoln

Screenshot of news story that outlines the benefits of the Tenant Assistance Project

1011 News | May 27, 2020


Sullivan's Tenant Assistance Project represents renters facing eviction

Professor Ryan Sullivan in front of the Nebraska State Capital Building

The Transcript Magazine | Fall 2020


Lincoln advocates expect spike in eviction cases with end of federal eviction moratorium

An empty government podium before a press conference begins

Lincoln Journal Star | September 3, 2021


Volunteers with Tenant Assistance Program helping keep hundreds in their homes

Screenshot of news story showing feet of clients and attorneys meeting at the courthouse

1011 News | September 2, 2021


A Lawyer in Your Corner: The Tenant Assistance Project, Nebraska's New Tool to Fight Evictions

Sign for courtroom 20 at the Douglas County courthouse

The Reader | December 6, 2021


Lincoln's Tenant Assistance Project keeps people in homes

Eviction notice taped to a front door

KLKN | January 6, 2022


Nebraska law professor wins national award for pro bono program

Professor Ryan Sullivan headshot

Lincoln Journal Star | January 11, 2022


Nebraska College of Law recognized nationally for Tenant Assistance Project

Rachel Tomlinson Dick headshot

Lincoln Journal Star | January 28, 2022


U.S. Attorney Recognizes UNL Law's Efforts to Protect Tenants

For rent sign

Nebraska Public Media | January 28, 2022


UNL law school gets special recognition for Tenant Assistance Project

Screenshot of news story shows an Apartment for Rent sign

KLKN | January 31, 2022


Creighton, Nebraska Law Schools Receive Recognition

Racehl Tomlinson Dick being interviewed by media with cameras

Omaha Daily Record | February 4, 2022


1,000+ familes helped through Law's Tenant Assistance Project

Student holding a clipboard standing with two tenants in courthouse lobby

Nebraska Today | April 13, 2022


Tenant Assistance Project adds resource to prevent evictions long-term

Screenshot of news story shows two volunteers standing outside an elevator

1011 News | July 14, 2022


New program will let NU law students gain experience while helping those facing eviction

empty courtroom

KLKN | September 16, 2022


University of Nebraska Law's Tenant Assistance Program expands

steps outside the courthouse

1011 News | September 21, 2022