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Updated Jan 20 - Webinar Recording and Materials - Pinellas Eviction Diversion Program

Posted By: Eric Garduño Advocacy News , Coronavirus (COVID-19) , COVID Rental Assistance ,

January 20, 2021 Update

BAAA has confired that the Pinellas Eviction Diversion Program (PEDP) has resumed accepting applications for assistance.  The same criteria and process are being used as described below, though the PEDP is making an effort to espeically help households with children.  

Webinar Recording and Materials - Pinellas Eviction Diversion Program

On Monday, November 23 BAAA hosted an informational webinar to discuss the Pinellas Eviction Diversion Program (PEDP) available to Pinellas County landlords and residents. The PEDP is implemented by the Community Law Program, legal aid group that serves Pinellas County.  The webinar featured Mercy Roberg, Staff Attorney for the Community Law Program.  Slides from the presentation are AVAILABLE HERE and a recording of the webinar is available below.

Pinellas Eviction Diversion Program Info Session from Russ Webb on Vimeo.

Main Contact: 
Interested landlords and residents should call (727) 582-7475 and an intake specialist will conduct a detailed interview.  

The PEDP provides mediation for residents/landlords in eviction disputes (both before and after an eviction has been filed), helps residents secure available assistance, and if needed, helps the resident find a new home. Mediators serve as a neutral third party to work with residents and landlords to try to resolve the dispute. If nonpayment of rent is the main issue, the PEDP has access to funding to cover past rent.  Landlords or residents can initiate the process, participation in the program is voluntary, and any resolution developed during mediation must be mutually accepted by both parties before anything can be binding.

While there is no deadline to apply for assistance, all funds must be expended by December 30, 2020. 

Below is a summary of the PEDP you can review and share with your residents.

Pinellas Eviction Diversion Program Summary