Six Rivers has been selected as one of five mediation centers across Oregon to initiate Eviction Prevention Mediation (EPM), a free program which helps landlords and tenants find workable solutions to prevent eviction. EPM is funded in partnership with Oregon Housing and Community Services as part of a demonstration project.
The purpose of EPM is to help resolve issues between tenants and landlords and demonstrate the effectiveness of mediation as a housing stability tool. Mediation involves helping people find solutions to issues they want to resolve through facilitating conversation and connection to community resources that can assist.
The goals of the program are to:
1) Increase awareness of mediation by underrepresented communities,
2) Highlight how our services are an effective and efficient partner in collaborative processes,
3) Highlight referrals to other community services, and
4) Track the number of situations that avoided eviction as a result of services.
We’re honored to soon be bringing EPM to Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam, and Wheeler Counties and look forward to improving housing stability in our region. To read more from our latest newsletter, click here.