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 1,000 families in their homes and connect tenants to resources, including over $10 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

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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

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

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Lincoln Journal Star | September 3, 2021

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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

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

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The Reader | December 6, 2021

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Lincoln's Tenant Assistance Project keeps people in homes

Eviction notice taped to a front door

KLKN | January 6, 2022

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Nebraska law professor wins national award for pro bono program

Professor Ryan Sullivan headshot

Lincoln Journal Star | January 11, 2022

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Nebraska College of Law recognized nationally for Tenant Assistance Project

Rachel Tomlinson Dick headshot

Lincoln Journal Star | January 28, 2022

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

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Nebraska Public Media | January 28, 2022

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UNL law school gets special recognition for Tenant Assistance Project

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KLKN | January 31, 2022

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Creighton, Nebraska Law Schools Receive Recognition

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Omaha Daily Record | February 4, 2022

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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

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