The St. Louis Mediation Project is a free program helping tenants, homeowners, landlords, and lenders solve housing disputes in and out of court.
 
Our highly trained attorneys, law students, and housing counselors help:
  • Deal with potential evictions and foreclosures
  • Set up payment plans
  • Avoid large court costs, attorneys' fees, and sheriffs' fees
  • Save tenants and homeowners from having negative legal actions on their records
Our mediations are free, impartial, confidential, and voluntary.
Our mediations help provide solutions to difficult housing disputes.
Are you a tenant, landlord, homeowner, or lender facing eviction or foreclosure, or having another dispute?
Do you have questions about mediation?
“I was nervous at first during the mediation, because I’m like, 'Oh no, I don’t want everyone to know what’s going on.' But after speaking with the mediators, it was like talking to regular people, just letting them know what’s going on and [helping me solve my housing problem].”
-KaDrea H.
Hear more about the St. Louis Mediation Project and KaDrea's experience at St. Louis on the Air: In 2020, St. Louis Mediation Project Is A Lifeline For Tenants, Landlords Alike
Children at home?
Taking care of family?
New job schedule?

Don't worry!

We know these are challenging times, and our mediators are ready to work with you, your family, and your schedule.
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Our Team

 
The St. Louis Mediation Project is a joint effort of the Washington University School of Law Civil Rights & Mediation Clinic, the Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing & Opportunity Council, and U.S. Arbitration & Mediation. The program has helped residents in and out of the courts of St. Louis County and City for over 10 years.
The team includes trusted and experienced mediators, housing counselors, former judges, and law students.
 
Sam Stragand
Secretary,
St. Louis Mediation Project
Staff Attorney at Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit
Karen Tokarz
President,
St. Louis Mediation Project
Professor at Washington University School of Law
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Mike Geigerman
Vice President,
St. Louis Mediation Project
Managing Director at United States Arbitration and Mediation
Kalila Jackson
Advisor,
St. Louis Mediation Project
Staff Attorney at St. Louis Metropolitan Equal Housing and Opportunity Council
Elad Gross
Outreach Coordinator,
St. Louis Mediation Project
Civil Rights Attorney

Mediators

Linda Ingram
Hon. Terry Brown (former)
C. J. Larkin

Online Mediation Project Administrators

Adam Goldman
Dan Geigerman
Sara Koniewicz
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How We Mediate

 
The St. Louis Mediation Project provides trusted, trained mediators to help resolve housing disputes. Tenant-landlord or homeowner-lender mediations include the tenant or homeowner, a representative from the landlord or lender, and at least one trained mediator who helps the parties work out a solution. The mediators do not represent any of the parties. The mediators are there to help you find an agreement that works for your unique situation.
Typically, the mediators gather basic information from the parties, set up a meeting, and work with you on the housing problems you are facing. During the mediation, you will have plenty of opportunity to share your experiences and any documents you would like to present. There is no requirement that you come to an agreement, but we work very hard to help you find a resolution. Any agreement you make will be in writing and will be signed by all the parties involved.
 
The entire process is voluntary, confidential, and free.
Due to COVID-19, our mediations are conducted online through Zoom, and participants are able to sign documents electronically. If you are not familiar with Zoom, we will help you get set up.

Mediations in Court

Typically, we conduct mediations between landlords and tenants who are not represented by lawyers at the courthouse on the day of the scheduled hearing.
Due to COVID-19, these mediations are conducted by WebEx. The parties will enter a breakout room to conduct a mediation and then return to the judge when completed.
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Computer resources are available for litigants at the Access to Justice Center on the first floor of the St. Louis County Courthouse, located at 106 S. Central Ave., Clayton, MO 63105, and at the Access to Justice Center at the new St. Louis County satellite court, 715 Northwest Plaza Dr., St. Ann, MO 63074.

Mediations in the Community

We also mediate before lawyers are involved and lawsuits are filed. We set up mediations between tenants and landlords or homeowners and lenders to try to resolve disputes and address issues without having to involve the courts or the eviction or foreclosure process. These mediations can be very effective, save the parties legal costs, and prevent tenants and homeowners from having eviction or foreclosure actions on their records.
Due to COVID-19, these mediations are conducted by Zoom. We scheduled mediations in conjunction with tenants and landlords.
The St. Louis Mediation Project was featured on St. Louis on the Air. Listen to the segment and learn more about the mediation process.
This example of a community mediation between two neighbors shows the general elements involved in a landlord-tenant or lender-owner mediation.
The St. Louis Mediation Project was featured in the St. Louis Bar Journal. Learn more about the research behind our mediation program and the impact it is having in the St. Louis region here.
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Other Resources

 
There are several organizations providing emergency housing, rent assistance, utility assistance, legal representation, and other important services in St. Louis. 
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Contact Us

 
You can use the form below or the chat box, send us an email at coordinator@stlmediationproject.org, or call 314-833-0226.
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