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Friday, November 8 • 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Statewide Approach to Eviction Prevention

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Statewide and rural legal aid programs face unique challenges in addressing the needs of tenants in nonsubsidized rental housing and require a strategy different from that of programs in metropolitan areas. This panel will discuss how the Georgia Legal Services Program’s Eviction Prevention Project addressed these challenges by adopting a unit approach that provides coordinated statewide legal services to tenants of private landlords. We will discuss the obstacles created by having a team spread across the state and the approaches we adopted to overcome them, especially in the areas of client intake, staff training, and pro bono involvement. Learn how GLSP’s Eviction Prevention Project was able to identify systemic issues, such as landlords’ failure to make repairs, and craft solutions through litigation, advocacy, and engaging their communities. The panel includes a holistic picture of the Eviction Prevention Project and includes project attorneys, the Housing Program manager, and the EPP director.

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Kahlim Barclay

Eviction Prevention Project Staff Attorney, Georgia Legal Services Program, Inc.
Kahlim A. Barclay is the Eviction Prevention staff attorney with the Georgia Legal Services Program Augusta Regional Office. He received his B.A. in Political Science from Georgia College & State University. He received his J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law. Kahlim’s... Read More →
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Heidi Behnke

Housing Program Manager, Georgia Legal Services Program
Heidi E. Behnke is the Housing Program manager with Georgia Legal Services Program. She received her M.Sc. in Development Anthropology from the University of Durham. Ms. Behnke honed her abilities in designing, implementing, and analyzing results from academic and practical projects... Read More →
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Elliott Gillooly

Eviction Prevention Project Staff Attorney, Georgia Legal Services Program, Inc.
Elliott Gillooly joined the Brunswick Office of the Georgia Legal Services Program as its Eviction Prevention Project attorney in April 2018. He moved to Brunswick from Washington, D.C., where he was a safety law and trial attorney at the Federal Railroad Administration. Elliott graduated... Read More →
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Susan Reif

Eviction Prevention Project Director/Housing Attorney, Georgia Legal Services Program, Inc.
After 10 years as a staff attorney in the Augusta and Piedmont Offices of the Georgia Legal Services Program, Susan A. Reif became the Program’s housing attorney in 1997 and director of its Eviction Prevention Project in 2017. Ms. Reif supervises and works with GLSP staff on all... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 2:30pm - 4:00pm EST
LaSalle A 5th Floor