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Why Ada County changed how they hold eviction hearings

David Staats
Idaho Statesman

When someone can’t pay their rent and faces eviction from their home, they often end up facing a court hearing in Ada County.

Four years ago, at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, those hearings went virtual, with tenants going online before a judge to plead their case.

Earlier this month, the court switched back to in-person hearings, and housing advocates want to get the word out about how the process has changed and what it means for people facing a court date.

Ali Rabe, the Executive Director of Jesse Tree, and Evan Stewart, the Program Director of the nonprofit, joined Idaho Matters to talk more about this issue.

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