Eviction Prevention & Intervention Coalition (EPIC)

About the Program

The EPIC program was designed to stabilize vulnerable families and individuals in Montgomery County who are facing eviction by providing them with free legal and social services support on the day of their eviction hearing

EPIC is a partnership between Montgomery Bar Association, Montgomery Bar Foundation, Montgomery County Office of Housing and Community Development/Your Way Home, Legal Aid of Southeastern PA, Montgomery County Courts, the Montgomery County Foundation, and the Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities.

The award-winning program emerged from the first annual Montgomery Bar Foundation Access to Justice Summit in 2017 and launched in January 2018 as a pilot program in Judge Margaret Hunsicker's Magisterial District Court (38-1-16 - Part of Borough of Norristown) to tremendous success. In its first year alone, the program helped to prevent 85% of potential evictions with the assistance of 20 different pro bono attorney volunteers serving 267 volunteer hours.*

The tremendous success of the pilot program and the continued support of the participating organizations have allowed EPIC to expand significantly in 2020. The program has been adopted by five (5) additional Magisterial District Courts:

  • Hon. Marc A. Alfarano (38-1-01 - East & West Norriton Townships)
  • Hon. Christopher J. Cerski (38-1-03 - Part of Township of Cheltenham)
  • Hon. Edward C. Kropp, Sr. (38-1-12 - Township of Lower Pottsgrove and part of Borough of Pottstown)
  • Hon. Edward J. Levine (38-1-28 - Townships of Towamencin and part of Hatfield and Boroughs of Hatfield and Lansdale)
  • Hon. Scott T. Palladino (38-1-11 - Township of West Pottsgrove and part of Borough of Pottstown)
  • Hon. Gregory Scott (38-2-09 - Part of Borough of Norristown)

* According to Your Way Home of Montgomery County's EPIC Impact Report: Year One.

How You Can Help

The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent eviction moratorium has greatly reduced the amount of eviction proceedings and need for attorney volunteers . As the program expands and hearings resume, the need for attorney volunteers will be significant. If you are interested in volunteering once the need arises, or if you would like additional information about the program, please contact Denise Vicario at denise@montgomerybar.org or by phone at 610-279-9660.

EPIC Volunteers