Durham Eviction Diversion Program

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The Durham Eviction Diversion Program is a partnership of our Durham office, Duke Law’s Civil Justice Clinic and the Durham Department of Social Services. The program uses tenant education, legal advocacy and rental assistance to prevent evictions and increase housing security for low-income renters in Durham County.

Free Eviction Advice for Qualifying Tenants

Are you a Durham resident undergoing an eviction? Come to Legal Aid’s courthouse clinic to get connected with a free attorney.

Clinic Hours

Open Monday – Friday 9AM-2PM
3rd floor, Room 3200

Please Bring

  • Your court papers
  • Lease
  • Ledger

If you are an agency seeking to refer a community member facing eviction or housing insecurity, please email us. If you are an individual seeking immediate legal service from a trained professional, please call the number below:

(984) 297-2016 Open Mon-Fri 9 AM – 2 PM

The Durham Eviction Diversion Program relies on the support of community members committed to housing security. Each year, dozens of volunteers and interns commit hundreds of hours to helping our neighbors stayed securely housed. 

Volunteering could be downloading and distributing our fliers below to your communities. It could also mean working shoulder-to-shoulder with our staff on some of the following tasks: developing K-12 curricula; researching local and state policies; facilitating community relationships; working one-on-one with clients; and building websites like this. 

Interested in volunteering or interning to ensure that all people have a place to call home? 

Reach us by email at durhamhousingteam@legalaidnc.org or by phone at (984) 297-2016

The Durham Evictions Mapping Project tells the story of housing insecurity and eviction in Durham during the COVID-19 pandemic as experienced by clients of the Durham Eviction Diversion Program.

Click here to be taken to the full website for the Durham Evictions Mapping Project. 

History of Settlement and Housing in Durham

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the eviction crisis in Durham. Housing insecurity has long riddled the city. Read about the connections between past and present history of housing in Durham. 

Ms. Smith

“[When COVID-19 restrictions] were starting to be lifted to the point at which landlords can take people to court….I was able to talk to someone [at the Durham Eviction Diversion Program]…to get a few guidelines of what I could do or who I could turn to with this situation.”  

Ms. Gonzalez

The Durham Eviction Diversion Program “prevented me from being evicted and made it possible for me to pay my rent and be able still to do the things I needed to do for my children and pay the rest of my bills, so it was very helpful. I’m very appreciative…

A lovely woman at Legal Aid was very good too– she was on top of everything, she was easy to work with, she was efficient, it was all around good experience.” 

Mr. Brown

“If it was not for [the Durham Eviction Diversion Program] me and my children would probably not have anywhere to stay… I’ve just never seen a program move as fast as this program has…I’m just really grateful for it.” 

Walk in Ministry

“We have collaborated with Legal Aid throughout the pandemic.  Our Walk In Ministry financially serves some of the most vulnerable individuals in the community and Legal Aid has provided the legal protection that has kept many of these individuals and families from becoming homeless.  Legal Aid has been responsive to our referrals, has followed through with services, and has treated clients with respect.”  

Duke Memorial UMC

” Duke Memorial United Methodist Church was excited to join with Legal Aid just a year ago to assist our neighbors’ housing needs. Our congregation’s Good Samaritan Fund is operated by volunteers who respond to requests once a month so we recognize we do not have the resources to assist the huge need in our neighborhood. Legal Aid Eviction Diversion Program has a working relationship with clients which means they know the areas of greatest need and where our funds will have the greatest impact.  In the past six months we have helped 9 households with an average of $250 per household. We are thankful for this partnership.” 

Durham Congregations in Action

“Durham Congregations In Action has supported the work of Legal Aid for the past four years.  Their work on eviction prevention has been an essential resource for our network of faith-communities and nonprofit partners.  We’ve relied on Legal Aid’s analysis for educating faith-community leaders and identifying action steps to assist people in housing crisis.  Legal Aid’s partnership has provided housing advocates and faith-communities involved in homelessness intervention an additional avenue for keeping people housed.”