Idaho Mountain Express: Blaine County, Ketchum implement program to stem evictions
Updated: Feb 27
Free mediation could prevent scores of tenants from losing their residence, official says
By MIKE SHULTZ Idaho Mountain Express Staff Writer, Dec. 5, 2022
Blaine County and the city of Ketchum are moving forward with a tenant-landlord mediation program that aims to prevent evictions before they are filed in court.
The two governments are splitting a $50,000 contract with NeuroMediation Group, a company with expertise in conflict resolution, to develop, market and administer the project.
Since the program was approved by the Ketchum City Council in September—before its public launch in late November—NeuroMediation Group has administered five mediations, officials said.
Now that NeuroMediation has officially launched the program, it could save scores of tenants from losing their homes, said Ketchum Housing Strategist Carissa Connelly.
“NeuroMediation Group possesses the necessary knowledge, skills and experience to execute a much-needed housing mediation program quickly and efficiently,” Connelly said.
“We are experiencing extremely limited alternative housing options, and formal mediation could help stabilize or assist over 90 households and landlords in Blaine County in the first year.”
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