Fulton County is currently in an eviction crisis. Close to 800 new evictions are filed every week in Fulton County, and approximately 80% of people facing eviction in the county lose the chance to challenge their eviction in court, often because they do not understand the legal process (2016 Caseload Report, Judicial Council of Georgia Administrative Office of the Courts, 2016).
This crisis is a symptom of an oppressive system of laws and power that overwhelmingly favor landlords over tenants. This system, like the eviction crisis itself, is rooted in histories of economic exploitation, anti-Blackness, and dispossession of land and property from people of color and indigenous communities.
There are ways to resist evictions. However, tenants are often not made aware of their full legal rights, resources, and strategies that are available to them. This event will attempt to remedy that.
Hearing from different speakers and panelists we will collectively:
Develop an analysis of the eviction crisis in Fulton County that situates it in history and within other housing, homelessness, and affordability crises in the Atlanta metro area
Provide an overview of a new eviction defense campaign in Fulton County launching in 2019; the campaign will include workshops and concrete strategies and tools for intervening in eviction processes, and the distribution of a new Eviction Defense Manual written specifically for Fulton County residents by the Housing Justice League
Connect the eviction crisis in Fulton County to the HIV/AIDS crisis in Fulton County, including cuts to the Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS (HOPWA) program, conversations about stigma, and understandings of housing as the basis for health
Offer space to build community connections and knowledge among stakeholders
The event will be useful to any individual, organization, group, or institution that deals with the uprooting effects of eviction. Whether you are a social service organization, church, tenants’ association, housing provider, or an individual community member, this event will provide knowledge and tools that you can take into your life and work.
The event is presented by the Housing Justice League in collaboration with the Redefining Affordable Housing Collective.
5:45 pm - Reading of RAHC Collective Statement
6:15 Presentation: What is the geography of eviction in Atlanta?
6:30 - Panel Discussion
7:30 What is Housing Justice League’s Eviction Defense Campaign and Manual?
7:45 - 8:30 Meet and Greet