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City Hosts Eviction Prevention Clinic with Local Attorneys

Pro bono clinics to help residents who are facing eviction

Dec. 10, 2021

Today, the City of Albuquerque teamed up with local attorneys, New Mexico Legal Aid, and the New Mexico Immigrant Law Center to offer free advice and assistance to residents who are facing potential eviction from their homes.

“We want our communities to know that we’re here to help them in this time of need,” said Yajayra Gonzalez, Clinic Coordinator and Outreach Specialist for the City of Albuquerque “The pandemic has created many challenges for families across Albuquerque. Losing their home shouldn’t be one of them.”

“The City has been working hard to alleviate gaps that Albuquerque families face in the midst of eviction,” said Jazmin Irazoqui-Ruiz, Managing City Attorney of Policy. “I am honored to be part of a series of pro bono legal clinics that aim to keep families housed during a historic time. I hope other communities will model our work and implement similar programs.”

While the federal freeze on most evictions expired in August, the New Mexico Supreme Court entered an order that suspended evictions for non-payment of rent during the pandemic. The expiration date for the state’s moratorium has not been set.

Three more eviction prevention clinics will be held in the new year. To learn more about the clinics and to stay informed on when and how to register, visit cabq.gov.