EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan State University law students are volunteering their time and knowledge to help area tenants who face eviction.
The law school's Housing Law Clinic has begun working with Ingham County on a pilot program to help Michigan tenants reach alternatives to eviction.
The university says the Ingham County Eviction Diversion Program is modeled after a successful program in Kalamazoo.
Staff attorney Michael Siracuse says he and his students so far have counseled hundreds of tenants, avoiding eviction in about a quarter of the cases.
The Michigan Department of Human Services says there were about 9,000 evictions in the three Lansing-area courts last year.
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