Press Clips On Civil Legal Aid


News Story (NATIONAL, Nebraska, North Carolina)

Advocates worry about an eviction crisis as 2021 approaches without a stimulus deal

November 9, 2020 | CNBC
The CDC’s ban works when tenants know it exists, but the affordable housing crisis isn’t going away; in fact, it’s probably going to get a lot worse. If you are at risk of being evicted, your first step should be to find a lawyer. If you cannot afford one, then look for your local Legal Aid ... Read more
Tags: CDC Eviction Moratorium | Coronavirus | COVID-19 | Housing: Eviction
Audio, News Story (Florida, NATIONAL, North Carolina)

Struggling Rental Market Could Usher in Next American Housing Crisis

October 27, 2020 | Wall Street Journal (WSJ)
Fallout from missed rent payments is threatening a large swath of the U.S population, as the expiration of eviction bans draws near. Estimates of total outstanding rent debt vary widely. Yet by any measure, the effects of missed rent payments are bound to imperil millions of renters and wash over the broader economy. The ballooning debt ... Read more
Tags: Coronavirus | COVID-19 | Housing: Eviction
News Story, Television News (Texas)

State providing $171 million in rental aid in new Texas Eviction Diversion Program

October 22, 2020 | Fox26 Houston
Despite the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention moratorium on evictions that took effect September 6, many eviction cases are still moving through the courts. The state is providing $171 million of rental assistance in a new Texas Eviction Diversion Program to keep families in their homes. Plus a new legal aid online resource is ... Read more
Tags: CDC Eviction Moratorium | Coronavirus | COVID-19 | Housing: Eviction
News Story (Texas)

Texas Legal Aid Providers launch One-Stop-Shop to support renters

October 21, 2020 |
Do you live in Texas and can’t afford your rent? Stop TX Eviction, a project of Texas’ primary legal aid providers is here to help. We can help you understand your rights and the eviction process, and locate rent assistance to get caught up.
Tags: Coronavirus | COVID-19 | Housing: Eviction
News Story (NATIONAL, Wisconsin)

Time’s up: After a reprieve, a wave of evictions expected across U.S.

October 19, 2020 | Reuters News Service
“If it weren’t for the CDC ban, my kids and I would be homeless,” But the CDC reprieve was just that. Come January, renters will owe back rent. Joblessness, sickness, loss of a spouse – none of life’s calamities are a defense for eviction. Nor is a global pandemic, says Nick Toman, a weary and gravelly ... Read more
Tags: CDC Eviction Moratorium | Coronavirus | COVID-19 | evict
News Story, Television News (Ohio)

Eviction Crisis Continues To Hit Ohio Communities

September 25, 2020 | Spectrum News 1
Abigail Staudt, managing attorney of the Housing Group for the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, says many tenants that end up getting evicted do so because they don’t know their rights. In early September, the CDC issued a new order, effective through December 31, 2020, that provides protection from eviction to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. Staudt says ... Read more
Tags: CDC Eviction Moratorium | Coronavirus | COVID-19 | Housing: Eviction
Explainer, News Story (NATIONAL)

So you want to lower your rent? Here’s how to negotiate

September 25, 2020 | CNN Business
Vacancy rates are rising for rental homes and apartments in cities across the country -- and that puts renters in a prime spot to negotiate.
Tags: COVID-19 | Housing | Housing: Landlord-Tenant
News Story, Television News

Houston area leads country in number of evictions filed after CDC moratorium

September 24, 2020 | KHOU-11 Houston Television News
With nearly 600 evictions filed last week alone, the Houston area still leads the rest of the country in the number of evictions filed since the CDC eviction moratorium took effect at the start of September. “We are still seeing more evictions in Houston and Harris County than in any big city in the country,” ... Read more
Tags: Coronavirus | COVID-19 | Housing: Eviction

The eviction crisis has begun. It will get so much worse.

September 23, 2020 | Washington Post
Between the end of the Cares Act and a CDC moratorium, landlords pounced.
Tags: CDC Eviction Moratorium | Coronavirus | COVID-19 | Housing: Eviction
Cartoon (NATIONAL)

Metaphors From Housing Court

September 23, 2020 | Nation, The
The looming eviction crisis due to Covid-19.
Tags: COVID-19 | Housing | Housing: Eviction
News Story (NATIONAL)

Amid Virus, Disaster Attorneys Struggle To Reach Survivors

September 20, 2020 | Law360
Brittanny Perrigue, an attorney with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, is no stranger to disaster. The community she serves sits in the floodplain of the river that carves Texas' southern border.
Tags: COVID-19 | Disaster Recovery | Natural Disasters
Op-Ed (Maryland, NATIONAL)

Why the CDC’s eviction moratorium isn’t enough to prevent evictions in Maryland | COMMENTARY

September 17, 2020 | Baltimore Sun
The CDC reports that the Black and Indigenous population have infection rates five times and four times, respectively, higher than the white population. Eviction has always been a threat to public health. The cocktail of housing insecurity and high infection rates among minority communities may prove to be lethal.
Tags: Coronavirus | COVID-19 | Housing: Eviction | Racial Justice
News Story (Georgia, NATIONAL, North Carolina)

How Does the Federal Eviction Moratorium Work? It Depends Where You Live

September 16, 2020 | New York Times (NYT)
From state to state, and even judge to judge, a simple-sounding order by the C.D.C. on eviction cases is being widely interpreted by judges, leaving tenants in precarious situations. Legal aid attorneys and other housing advocates are struggling to help them.
Tags: CDC Eviction Moratorium | Coronavirus | COVID-19 | Housing: Eviction
News Story (NATIONAL)

Eviction Filings by Big Landlords Surged After Trump Issued Ban

September 14, 2020 | Bloomberg
The increase in evictions during the first week of September highlights key challenges to implementing the ban, according to John Pollock, coordinator for the National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel, an organization that seeks to establish a right to legal representation for defendants in housing court. One problem, he said, is the form tenants ... Read more
Tags: CDC Eviction Moratorium | Coronavirus | COVID-19 | Housing: Eviction
News Story (NATIONAL)

The CDC banned evictions, but some renters are still vulnerable

September 10, 2020 | CNBC
“Many landlords are going to try to race to the court to get a judgment and remove the tenant before the tenant even knows the declaration requirement exists or how to fulfill it,” said John Pollock, coordinator of the National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel.
Tags: CDC | Coronavirus | COVID-19 | Housing: Eviction
Op-Ed (Massachusetts)

A civil justice crisis is coming; Much greater funding for legal aid is needed

September 10, 2020 | CommonWealth – Nonprofit journal of politics, ideas and civic life
THE COVID-19 CRISIS has come at Massachusetts in waves: a public health emergency, an economic collapse, a widening of racial disparities, and now, an overwhelming need for legal help. In response, the Commonwealth must fully support the essential work of civil legal aid, which helps low-income people retain housing, stay safe from domestic abuse, appeal ... Read more
Tags: Coronavirus | COVID-19 | Domestic Violence | Housing: Eviction | Housing: Foreclosure | Hunger | Unemployment Insurance
Audio, News Story (California, Illinois, NATIONAL)

Economic Pain From Pandemic Is Much Worse Than Expected, NPR Poll Finds

September 9, 2020 | National Public Radio (NPR)
The pandemic is creating serious financial problems – job loss, depleted savings or possible eviction. That’s despite hundreds of billions in government stimulus and other support.
Tags: Consumer Protection | Coronavirus | COVID-19 | Health Care | Housing: Eviction | Hunger | Public Benefits | Unemployment Insurance
News Story (Virginia)

Tenants file for class action against one of Virginia’s most prolific eviction law firms

September 9, 2020 | Virginia Mercury
The lawsuit, filed Wednesday, alleges Hampton-based Senex Law violated federal debt collection laws and tacked on unreasonable attorney fees as they attempted to collect unpaid rent on behalf of landlords around the state. In a statement announcing the suit, the tenants’ lawyers accused the firm of holding a “starring role in the state’s mass evictions.”
Tags: Housing: Eviction
News Story, Television News, Video (Texas)

Houston woman says CDC moratorium didn’t stop notice to vacate

September 4, 2020 | Fox26 Houston
Day 1 of the Centers for Disease Control-declared national moratorium on evictions and landlords are already defying it. A Houston woman says she gave her landlord the required affidavit that she meets the criteria and still received a notice to vacate. Lone Star Legal Aid attorney Juan Santamaria says it’s important that renters have ... Read more
Tags: CDC Eviction Moratorium | Coronavirus | COVID-19 | Housing: Eviction
News Story (Missouri, NATIONAL)

Thousands have been evicted in the pandemic. Housing experts say Trump’s new ban is a temporary fix.

September 3, 2020 | Washington Post
With more than 40 percent of U.S. renter households at risk of eviction, legal aid attorneys and other housing advocates are trying to work out what the new CDC-declared temporary national eviction moratorium really means. As always, it’s safe to say that tenants who have civil legal help will have a much better shot at a fair and ... Read more
Tags: Coronavirus | COVID-19 | Housing: Eviction
News Story (NATIONAL)

Evictions are halted: Here’s what you need to know

September 2, 2020 | CNN Business
Legal help for people facing eviction has never been more necessary, or urgent. A long-overdue national eviction moratorium has been declared, but for tenants it may raise more questions than it answers, and it’s definitely more complicated than it appears on its face.
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel | Coronavirus | COVID-19 | Housing: Eviction | Housing: Right to Counsel
News Story, Newsletter (Florida, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin)

How Legal Aid Lawyers Have Been Preparing for More Evictions

September 1, 2020 |
Renters have spent the last five months on shifting ground. Federal and state moratoriums have expired with only a few being renewed, and municipal and county courts are making their own rules and procedures for resuming eviction hearings. The resulting confusion makes it more necessary than ever for people facing eviction to have legal help. ... Read more
Tags: Coronavirus | COVID-19 | Housing: Eviction
News Story (Virginia)

Virginia, Ikea give $4M to boost Legal Aid services for residents facing eviction

August 31, 2020 | Washington Post
A $4 million initiative to expand legal help to Virginians facing eviction amid the coronavirus pandemic, will be used to hire and support 20 legal aid attorneys for the next two years. The Virginia Poverty Law Center estimates 230,000 evictions will be filed by the end of the year.
Tags: Coronavirus | COVID-19 | Housing: Eviction
Op-Ed (NATIONAL, Texas)

The Rent Eats First, Even During a Pandemic

August 30, 2020 | New York Times (NYT)
Threatening to turn families out of their homes during the coronavirus fight isn’t just morally suspect; it’s dangerous, says Matthew Desmond, author of “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City” and principal investigator of the Eviction Lab. We agree, and would add that allowing millions to be evicted without the legal help they need ... Read more
Tags: Coronavirus | COVID-19 | Housing: Eviction
News Story (Iowa, Texas)

“There’s no actual penalty for violating it.” – How the CARES Act failed to protect tenants from eviction

August 29, 2020 | CNBC
At the start of the pandemic, Congress passed an eviction ban that covered about a third of the country’s rental units. Yet a lack of enforcement led many landlords to ignore the law.
Tags: Housing: Eviction
News Story (NATIONAL)

Millions could face evictions this fall

August 27, 2020 | National Journal
With negotiations for another coronavirus relief package stalled, an eviction crisis looms for many Americans as federal and state protections expire. Housing advocates are bracing themselves for a wave of evictions in the coming months.
Tags: Coronavirus | COVID-19 | Housing: Eviction
News Story (NATIONAL, Texas)

Can you be evicted during the pandemic? It depends on your ZIP code

August 25, 2020 | CNBC
In the absence of any national ban on evictions during the pandemic, tenants struggling to pay their rent are at the mercy of a patchwork of narrow and temporary local protections, leading to confusion and unlawful evictions. Some landlords take advantage of the uncertainty to push tenants out of their homes, said Daphne McGee, a ... Read more
Tags: Coronavirus | COVID-19 | Housing: Eviction
News Story (Georgia, NATIONAL, Nebraska)

As Evictions Loom, Lawyers Are Gearing Up to Help

August 24, 2020 | New York Times (NYT)
With a federal moratorium coming to an end, legal aid lawyers say they are preparing to defend renters in housing court. Having legal help means tenants stand a better chance of reaching agreements with landlords so they can stay in their homes — and avoid having an eviction on their record, which makes it harder to ... Read more
Tags: Coronavirus | COVID-19 | Housing: Eviction
News Story (Louisiana, NATIONAL)

New Orleans Braces for Evictions as Renters Fall Behind, Belongings Pile Up on Streets

August 24, 2020 | Wall Street Journal (WSJ)
Hundreds of renters in New Orleans have received eviction notices this summer due to unpaid rent—and local advocates and officials expect the worst has yet to come, right as hurricane season gets under way. That is because Louisiana’s ban on evictions during the coronavirus pandemic expired in June and the grace period for a separate federal ... Read more
Tags: Coronavirus | COVID-19 | Housing: Eviction
News Story (Arizona, NATIONAL, Virginia, Washington)

Economy hurting after Congress fails to act on stimulus

August 24, 2020 | Politico
Now that laid-off workers are no longer receiving the extra $600-per-week unemployment payment, Behnaz Mansouri of the Unemployment Law Project in Washington state says her clients are facing more difficult choices than they encountered at the beginning of the pandemic. The year “has been made bearable by this patchwork of financial assistance. And now without it, ... Read more
Tags: Coronavirus | COVID-19 | Economy | Unemployment | Unemployment Insurance