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The ERASE project can help Evanston tenants seal evictions and improve their creditworthiness

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The Moran Center for Youth Advocacy recently announced a new program to help people in the Evanston area benefit from a new law in Illinois that allows them to remove previous evictions from their files.

Evanston residents wishing to take advantage of the Enhance Record and Seal Evictions or ERASE Project are invited to meet with volunteer attorneys from the School-Based Civil Legal Clinic at the Moran Center offices at Evanston Plaza, 1900 A. Dempster St . to meet .., every Tuesday in October from 1pm to 3pm. Evanston residents who cannot be reached during Sealing Clinic office hours can schedule an in-person or virtual appointment by emailing [email protected] or by calling (224) 714-0348.

As many renters know, eviction on their records, even if there is no court ruling against them, can make it harder to rent again by lowering their creditworthiness and painting an unfair picture of their ability to pay their rent.

A new Illinois law, 735 ILCS 5 / 9-121.5, which went into effect in May of this year, makes it easier to seal an earlier act of eviction. It doesn’t prohibit landlords from getting a reference from a previous landlord, but sealing an eviction can improve creditworthiness and make it easier to apply for a new lease. This does not apply to tenants with a current vacancy.

As part of the ERASE project, lawyers from the Moran Center are preparing the required documents free of charge on behalf of residents who wish to benefit from this law. The Moran Center has partnered with and may refer renters to the Advocacy Committee for Better Housing to assist residents living outside the Evanston area.

The ERASE project is one of many programs at the Moran Center that helps remove systemic barriers to the health, safety and wellbeing of young people and their families. As one of the few law clinics in the country that combines legal and social services, the Moran Center provides community-based legal, social work and restorative services for youth and families. People interested in supporting the organization can take part in the 40 for 40 fundraiser, which will take place in October to support the organization’s mission and vision.

Since its inception in 1981, the Moran Center has been a champion for thousands of low-income youth and families in need of a lawyer. Our holistic, healing-centered, client-centric approach helps us advance the vision of a more just, racial and restorative society at the local, regional and state levels. For more information, please visit our website at moran-center.org.

Source: Moran Center for Youth Advocacy

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