When eviction looms, landlords have lawyers. Now more tenants do too.

News Story (North Carolina)

When eviction looms, landlords have lawyers. Now more tenants do too.

September 30, 2019 | Mary Newsom | Charlotte Observer
Thanks to Mecklenburg County funding, once or twice a week lawyers from Legal Aid of North Carolina’s Charlotte office wait outside eviction court to assist tenants. Today, half a dozen lawyers are available. The next two hours will probably determine whether Diaz and Pat lose their homes within a few days.
Tags: Housing: Eviction

Cleveland City Council would establish program to provide lawyers for impoverished families facing eviction

News Story (Ohio)

Cleveland City Council would establish program to provide lawyers for impoverished families facing eviction

September 30, 2019 | Robert Higgs | Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH)
Cleveland’s legislation does not identify a source of funding for the legal advice, though Council President Kevin Kelley said he expects the city would need to pick up some of the cost.
Tags: Housing: Eviction

How Much Does It Help To Expunge A Criminal Record? Local Study Seeks To Find Out

News Story (Pennsylvania)

How Much Does It Help To Expunge A Criminal Record? Local Study Seeks To Find Out

September 23, 2019 | An-Li Herring | WESA (Pittsburgh)
Expungement erases past arrests and charges, and removes old or low-level convictions from public view. But no empirical data show how much of an impact it has on job or housing prospects, or on the chances of future arrests.
Tags: Expungement / Record Sealing