And while getting money out quickly was always important, it’s now even more so for DeKalb.
Chief Superior Court Judge Asha Jackson put a countywide eviction moratorium in place in August, making DeKalb the only local government in Georgia to have such a policy in place.
Jackson’s order protected DeKalb renters when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s nationwide ban on evictions in late August, but the county moratorium is currently set to expire at the end of September.
At the county’s current pace, it will have distributed somewhere around $10 million — or less than half of the money allocated to the TLAC program — by that date.
Town hall meeting
DeKalb Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson is hosting a virtual town hall meeting about the county’s rental assistance program at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Tenants and landlords are invited to attend to learn more about what’s being offered.
DeKalb CEO Michael Thurmond, U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson and Javoyne Hicks, the clerk of DeKalb’s state and magistrate courts, are expected to attend.
Visit commissionermerdajohnson.com for more information or to register.
“We know that the eviction moratorium is coming to an end in DeKalb County and we want to do our part to keep residents in their homes,” Davis Johnson said in a news release. “I am personally inviting all District 5 tenants and landlords who are interested to join us at this important meeting.”