BEST program seeks eviction stability for tenants

The Bucks Eviction Stability for Tenants (BEST) is a pilot program to assist low- to moderate-income families and individuals facing eviction in Falls Township.

The program provides free legal services and social service supports to prevent people from becoming homeless.

BEST is a partnership between the Bucks County Opportunity Council, the Bucks County Bar Association, Bucks County Division of Housing and Human Services, Falls Township District Court, United Way of Bucks County and Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania

“The BEST program will provide financial assistance to help prevent eviction as well as long-term stability services for clients to create opportunities for economic independence,” explains Erin Lukoss, Executive Director/CEO for the Bucks County Opportunity Council.  “Without the right intervention, it is very possible for a family to become evicted from their home. Once evicted, it is much harder to secure safe, affordable housing. The goal of the program is prevent that spiral from eviction to homelessness.”

BEST will offer pro bono legal services through the Bucks County Bar Association and Legal Aid of Southeastern PA.

The Bucks County Division of Housing and Human Services will provide guidance and support for the pilot and the Bucks County Opportunity Council will offer social services and financial assistance to families in the program.

United Way of Bucks County is generously funding the financial assistance for the pilot.

The pilot program is for Falls Township residents with court ordered eviction for: temporary hardship (loss of income, illness, etc.), lease violation, and vulnerable populations (households with small children, pregnant women, veterans, individuals and families with serious medical or mental health conditions).

Households must also be under 200% of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines.

For more information about the program, contact Tammy Schoonover, Director of Community Services at the Bucks County Opportunity Council at, 215-345-8175 ext. 218