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
1011 News | May 27, 2020
Sullivan's Tenant Assistance Project represents renters facing eviction
The Transcript Magazine | Fall 2020
Lincoln advocates expect spike in eviction cases with end of federal eviction moratorium
Lincoln Journal Star | September 3, 2021
Volunteers with Tenant Assistance Program helping keep hundreds in their homes
1011 News | September 2, 2021
A Lawyer in Your Corner: The Tenant Assistance Project, Nebraska's New Tool to Fight Evictions
The Reader | December 6, 2021
Lincoln's Tenant Assistance Project keeps people in homes
KLKN | January 6, 2022
Nebraska law professor wins national award for pro bono program
Lincoln Journal Star | January 11, 2022
Nebraska College of Law recognized nationally for Tenant Assistance Project
Lincoln Journal Star | January 28, 2022
U.S. Attorney Recognizes UNL Law's Efforts to Protect Tenants
Nebraska Public Media | January 28, 2022
UNL law school gets special recognition for Tenant Assistance Project
KLKN | January 31, 2022
Creighton, Nebraska Law Schools Receive Recognition
Omaha Daily Record | February 4, 2022
1,000+ familes helped through Law's Tenant Assistance Project
Nebraska Today | April 13, 2022