Once approved for the program, participants will be contacted by a mediator or representative from Legal Aid. If an agreement is reached on what is owed and the best path forward, corresponding documents are filed in magistrate court. A judge would then issue an order directing Goodwill of North Georgia, which is acting as administrator of the grant, to send payment either to the renter or directly to the landlord.
It remains unclear how many people the program will be able to help before funds are exhausted, but the need is great. Chief Magistrate Judge Berryl Anderson said last week that there were approximately 8,000 dispossessory cases on file in DeKalb County.
Javoyne Hicks, DeKalb’s clerk of state and magistrate courts, said that in addition to the 7,000 applications already submitted, the TLAC program website had been visited 41,000 times and officials had received 8,500 emails.
To submit an application or find more information, visit dekalbcountyga.gov/renthelp or call 404-371-3201.
An application does not guarantee acceptance into the program.