19. november 2019 - 18:30 tot 20:00
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Indy's Eviction Problem (and what can be done about it) | Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation | dinsdag, 19. november 2019

In 2016 a center at Princeton University called The Eviction Lab was created by professor Matt Desmond, author of bestseller Evicted.  Thanks to this center, for the first time ever evictions filed in cities around the United States were compared to find which cities had the highest totals, and which ones had the highest rates of eviction.
New York City had the highest number of evictions.  That is no surprise.  But Indianapolis had the second highest total.  Indianapolis, despite one third of Chicago's population, had more evictions filed in 2016 than Chicago, Los Angeles, and Topeka combined.  More than thirty households on average were evicted each day in Indianapolis.
What is it about Indianapolis that makes it have such a high total?  Guest presenter Michael Hurst joins us to help answer that question, and to give suggestions on what can be done about it.  Michael Hurst is a senior attorney with Indiana Legal Services, the first attorney ever to serve in their Eviction Avoidance Project which started in 2018.  He represents clients at risk of homelessness and facing eviction. Michael previously served as executive director of an Indianapolis nonprofit providing counseling and advocacy to victims of violence. Michael was also program director for the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention and worked closely with individuals experiencing homelessness. Prior to working for nonprofits, Michael held roles in state government. Also licensed in Illinois, Michael joined the Illinois Attorney General’s Office in 1992 where he handled state and federal cases on appeal. Michael relocated to Indiana in 1997 and held a similar position with the Indiana Attorney General’s Office. Michael is a former Deputy State Health Commissioner and he also served as general counsel to the state health department and as director of public health preparedness and emergency response for that agency. In the latter role Michael assembled the medical teams deployed to Biloxi, Mississippi following Hurricane Katrina.  

This training is designed especially for congregational coordinators of the Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) shelter program and the Board of Directors of Family Promise of Greater Indianapolis (FPGI), but IHN volunteers and any other individual are welcome to attend.  Attendance for these annual events is usually 100 people.  We ask all to please register in advance.