Adjunct professor takes part in discussion on evictions

Andrew Thomas, an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Psychology and Social Sciences, recently participated in a panel discussion on Fort Wayne radio station WBOI.

“WBOI Presents: The Eviction Epidemic” aired Oct. 14 and talked about the eviction and homelessness crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the laws that govern landlord and tenant actions. Thomas is a staff attorney with Indiana Legal Services.

“We discussed the eviction crisis, the eviction moratoriums, and how renters and landlords have been affected by the pandemic,” Thomas said. “I was invited in my capacity as the head of the tenant assistance legal clinic run by Indiana Legal Services in partnership with the Volunteer Lawyer Program and funded in large part by the City of Fort Wayne, providing legal assistance including negotiations and court representation to low-income tenants in Fort Wayne.”

The conversation was hosted by Advancing Voices Of Women (AVOW). According to Eviction Lab, Fort Wayne ranked 13th in the nation for evictions before the COVID-19 pandemic.