FARGO, N.D. (AP) _ A new mediation service in Fargo and Moorhead, Minn., aims to prevent disputes between landlords and tenants from going to court or leading to eviction.
The group is made up of area landlords and representatives of housing agencies and uses a third party to help negotiate or decide a settlement.
The service is free and open to anyone, but priority will be given to low-income residents. Each case is expected to take about seven days.
Laurie Baker, director of a Fargo-Moorhead homeless group, says the service has been proven to cut down on homelessness.
Baker says that even if people don't wind up staying in an apartment, they can move on without an eviction on their record.