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  • Connecting journalists with civil legal aid organizations.


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News Story (New York)

New York Bans Most Evictions as Tenants Struggle to Pay Rent

December 28, 2020 | Dana Rubinstein | New York Times (NYT)
The Legislature, addressing hardship caused by the pandemic, convened an unusual special session between Christmas and New Year’s to pass the measure.
Mentions: Legal Aid Society (New York City)

Feature, News Story (NATIONAL, Virginia, Wisconsin)

Trying to enjoy the holidays with eviction looming in the new year

December 25, 2020 | Washington Post
Weeks after pulling the eviction notice off her door, White was on the phone with an attorney from the Central Virginia Legal Aid Society. She recognized the voice. It belonged to Palmer Heenan. She had faced off against him in court proceedings he had brought against her property on behalf of residents. Now, she was ... Read more
Mentions: Central Virginia Legal Aid Society

News Story (NATIONAL, Ohio)

The federal eviction moratorium expires in January. It could leave 40 million Americans homeless.

December 24, 2020 | Tiffany Cusaac-Smith , Marc Ramirez , Sarah Taddeo | USA Today
“No one should ever have to experience the threat of being pushed out of their home,” [Shayla] Black said. “Especially in the middle of a pandemic.”
Mentions: Legal Aid Society of Cleveland

News Story (Louisiana, NATIONAL)

Eviction looms for millions, despite new federal aid package

December 23, 2020 | Elaine Povich | Stateline , St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Thirty-five percent of the households behind on rent or mortgages believe they will be evicted or foreclosed on in the next two months, according to the Census Bureau.
Mentions: Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS) , National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel (NCCRC) , National Housing Law Project

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