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Nashville launches diversionary eviction court program

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A new diversionary court program in Tennessee’s capital city is aiming to help keep tenants at risk of eviction from facing harsh legal consequences and charges on their records.

The Tennessean reports that Nashville Judge Rachel Bell worked with the Metropolitan Action Commission to launch the Housing Resource Diversionary Court late last month.

The initiative comes as the Biden administration announced Monday that a pandemic-related executive order extending federal renter protections has been extended for a third time.

The newspaper says the Nashville court is designed to mediate eviction claims before Davidson County residents are displaced. It takes eviction cases and pauses the process to offer eligible defendants resources and assistance.

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