Eviction Diversion Program

Mission Statement

To prevent needless evictions by connectingtenants who are behind in rent with temporary rental assistance.

About the Program

In 2012, the 86th District Courtimplemented the Eviction Diversion program in conjunction with various publicand private partners, including the Grand Traverse County Department of Health& Human Services, the Salvation Army, the Father Fred Foundation andothers.  Modeled on other programs across Michigan, these partnerorganizations help qualifying individuals with rental assistance so they canavoid eviction and landlords can be paid rent in a timely fashion.

This program is a "win-win-win"for tenants, landlords and the court system.  Tenants are able to avoideviction, landlords are paid the rent they are owed and the court is able toreduce the number of evictions carried out through the courts.  Thisprogram also has a positive ripple effect on our community.  Everyonebenefits when fewer people are displaced from their homes due to temporaryhardship.


The typical tenant helped through thisprogram is approximately 1-3 months behind in rent and has sufficient income tosustain rent payments into the indefinite future.  Usually, qualifyingtenants have experienced a short-term emergency like unexpected medical bill,car repair or temporary unemployment.


To learn more about the program, landlordsand tenants should contact the Father Fred Foundation at (231) 947-2055.

Tenants are also encouraged to contacttheir caseworker at the Department of Health & Human Services ifapplicable.