Eviction Defense Project gets $100,000 in funding


The Delaware State Housing Authority announced an additional $100,000 in funding awarded to the Eviction Defense Project (EDP).

The EDP is a partnership between Delaware’s nonprofit civil legal services providers and other community partners to provide free legal assistance and representation for Delaware tenants in eviction and loss of public housing/housing voucher cases.

Members of EDP include:  Legal Services Corporation of Delaware, Inc.Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. (CLASI)Delaware Volunteer Legal Services, Inc. The Delaware Bar FoundationThe Delaware State Bar AssociationThe Delaware Combined Campaign for Justice.

Since 2021, DSHA awarded EDP over $200,000. With these funds, over 150 households have been assisted.

“CLASI fights daily to keep low-income, at-risk tenants in their homes because we know that housing is a foundational building block in a person’s journey,” said Sarah Rhine, managing attorney at CLASI. “With this additional funding, our team will be able to build capacity and continue helping Delawareans statewide.”
The award is funded by the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, which U.S. Treasury allocated to the state of Delaware in January and May of 2021.

“We’re proud of the difference the Eviction Defense Project has made with this funding to date,” said Cynthia Karnai, director of the Housing Authority. “Their programs are not only community-minded but also efficient and intentional. We look forward to seeing how this additional award builds on their success.”

For more information on the Eviction Defense Project, please visit delegalhelplink.org or call (302) 478-8850.