Building Trust and Coalition with Covid-19-Impacted Latino Community

An out-of-work Latino father sold the tools of his trade to pay his back rent, afraid if he didn’t the family would be evicted and deported. Others in the Gray’s Harbor Latino community went without utilities and food, distrustful and unaware of their rights under the eviction moratorium. There was also naivete about Covid-19 protocol, endangering their lives. The two Spanish-speaking staff at Gray’s Harbor who had been weaving a web of trust within the Latino community for years, widened that web to include other community agency partners, becoming a conduit of communication and coalition that is mitigating the distrust and misinformation, and increasing the number of Latinx people who now feel safe and sound in their homes.

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DRCs reduce the burdens of the courts, saving taxpayers money, and increasing access to justice for traditionally underserved populations. In 2019 DRCs mediated 5,070 cases, successfully settling 64% of them. 90% of clients reported mediation improved their situation.

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