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News Story (California)

Tenant activists want L.A. Mayor Garcetti to put $10 million into ‘right to counsel’

April 11, 2019 | Los Angeles Times (LA Times)
Tenant activists are urging Los Angeles leaders to make sure that renters facing harassment or eviction can turn to a lawyer for help.
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel | Housing: Eviction
News Story (New York)

Evictions down in areas where tenants get free lawyers: analysis

March 27, 2019 | Crain’s New York Business
A city program that provides free lawyers to low-income tenants in housing court has helped cut down on evictions, according to a new analysis by advocates for the program.
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel | Housing: Eviction
Newsletter (New York)

New York Playbook (March 27, 2019)

March 27, 2019 | Politico New York
Evictions declined at a rate more than five times higher in zip codes covered by the Right to Counsel law than in comparable ones.
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel | Housing: Eviction
News Story (New York)

Advocates credit new ‘Right to Counsel’ law with large drop in evictions

March 27, 2019 | 6sqft
The law is currently in effect in 20 New York City zip codes and will be implemented citywide by 2022. According to the report, 60 percent of the people who were able to remain in their homes in 2018 despite eviction proceedings benefited from legal representation under the new law.
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel | Housing: Eviction
Video (California)

Podrían eliminar remolque de autos en San Francisco

March 26, 2019 | Telemundo (NBC 48) (San Francisco)
Telemundo takes a look at a recent report on the disparate racial impact of car towing in California. (Spanish)
Tags: Fines and Fees | Poverty
News Story (New York)

Report: NYC evictions decline sharply as result of new Right to Counsel law

March 26, 2019 | Brick Underground
A new report measures the effectiveness of a one-year-old NYC law that guarantees low-income tenants an attorney when facing an eviction in housing court.
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel | Housing: Eviction
News Story (New York)

Evictions Down From Harlem To Hollis In Areas Where Tenants Get Free Lawyers

March 26, 2019 | Harlem World Magazine
A city program that provides free lawyers to low-income tenants in housing court has helped cut down on evictions, according to a new analysis by advocates for the program.
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel | Housing: Eviction
News Story (Virginia)

Avoiding Eviction: How Virginia is Making Life Easier for Tenants

March 26, 2019 | WVTF (local NPR, VA)
WVTF covers a suite of legislation passed by the Virginia General Assembly to bring clarity to the eviction process and give renters a second chance.
Tags: Housing: Eviction | Housing: Landlord-Tenant
News Story (New York)

Report: ‘Right to Counsel’ law helped reduce evictions

March 25, 2019 | Politico New York
A city law that expanded legal representation for low-income tenants in housing court has been effective in reducing evictions, according to a new Community Service Society report.
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel | Housing: Eviction
News Story (North Carolina)

Despite Low Unemployment, Evictions Plague Asheville: One Nonprofit Offers Help

March 22, 2019 | WUNC (Chapel Hill)
Host Frank Stasio talks with Robin Merrell, managing attorney at Pisgah Legal Services, about its Total Eviction Response program and Buncombe County’s housing crisis.
Tags: Housing: Eviction
News Story (California)

Towing Reform: New Bill Seeks to Repeal ‘Poverty Tows’

March 19, 2019 | KQED Radio (NPR) (Northern California)
For many Californians, having a car towed is not only a costly inconvenience but can mean losing access to a job, education, medical care or even shelter, according to a new report by a coalition of civil rights attorneys.
Tags: Fines and Fees | Poverty
Investigative (NATIONAL, Oklahoma)

How Americans navigate a civil justice system made ‘by lawyers, for lawyers’

March 18, 2019 | Big If True
Across the country, a huge influx of individuals are representing themselves in civil courtrooms, which lack the criminal side’s right to counsel.
Tags: Access to Justice | Pro Se/Self-Help
Op-Ed (New Hampshire)

We must give domestic violence survivors the legal aid they need

February 10, 2019 | Concord Monitor (NH)
The root causes of domestic violence are complex, and there is no single policy or program that can prevent it. But there is one critical step our state can take to improve the lives of survivors: We can ensure they have access to legal help, regardless of their ability to pay.
Tags: Domestic Violence
Op-Ed (Pennsylvania)

We have a tool to fix Philly’s eviction crisis

February 8, 2019 | Philadelphia Inquirer
One of the most effective solutions for preventing eviction and housing instability is already in effect around the country: civil legal aid.
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel | Housing: Eviction
News Story (North Carolina)

Hurricane Florence evacuees with disabilities endured unsafe, ‘disrespectful’ conditions, report says

February 5, 2019 | News & Observer (Raleigh, NC)
The state set up a special medical shelter in an old building during Hurricane Florence in a section of Goldsboro at risk for flooding, a new report says.
Tags: Disaster Recovery
Column (Massachusetts)

A Simple Step To Greater Justice

January 19, 2019 | Boston Globe
Making the justice system more just isn’t always about tectonic shifts. Sometimes, small changes can make a big difference.
Tags: Access to Justice | Courts
News Story (Ohio)

Columbus Boosts Eviction Protections For Renters

January 7, 2019 | Associated Press (AP)
The updated law, which was approved earlier this month, takes effect in January.
Tags: Housing: Eviction | Housing: Landlord-Tenant
News Story (Montana)

U.S. to Investigate Discrimination Against Native Students on Montana Reservation

January 4, 2019 | New York Times (NYT) , ProPublica
In a Dec. 28 letter, sent hours after The New York Times and ProPublica published an investigation into racial inequities in the district, the department’s Office for Civil Rights notified the lawyer representing the tribal executive board.
Tags: Education
Investigative (Montana)

‘I Feel Invisible’: Native Students Languish in Public Schools

December 28, 2018 | New York Times (NYT) , ProPublica
At Wolf Point High School in rural Montana, Native American students face the same neglect Native students across the U.S. do as they navigate a school system that has failed American Indians.
Tags: Education
News Story (Ohio)

Columbus pushes back on retaliatory evictions with stronger protections for tenants

December 12, 2018 | Columbus Business First
City Council voted Monday night to amend city codes to better address so-called "retaliatory" evictions – when a landlord files an eviction notice against a tenant as retribution for complaints about the condition of their housing.
Tags: Housing: Eviction
News Story (NATIONAL)

Who’s More Likely to Be Audited: A Person Making $20,000 — or $400,000?

December 12, 2018 | ProPublica
If you claim the earned income tax credit, whose average recipient makes less than $20,000 a year, you’re more likely to face IRS scrutiny than someone making twenty times as much. How a benefit for the working poor was turned against them.
Tags: Tax Relief
Op-Ed (NATIONAL)

America’s civil justice system needs reform, too

December 12, 2018 | USA Today
Poor remain underrepresented and taken advantage of when it comes to court claims and judgments.
Tags: Access to Justice
News Story (New York)

JustFix.nyc is introducing a service for suing your landlord

December 10, 2018 | amNewYork
The nonprofit's Tenant App focuses on compelling owners to make repairs in rent-regulated units.
Tags: Housing: Landlord-Tenant
News Story (Pennsylvania)

Philadelphia Could Be Next To Provide Lawyers For Low-Income Tenants

December 5, 2018 | CityLab
A new report shows that by investing in representation for low-income tenants facing eviction, the city could save more than $45 million.
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel | Funding: State & Local | Housing: Eviction
News Story (New York)

Bad Landlord? These Coders Are Here to Help

December 4, 2018 | New York Times (NYT)
Mr. Kass, now 28, is part of a new crop of hackers building easy-to-use, data-driven tools to empower tenants and take on notoriously bad landlords.
Tags: Housing: Landlord-Tenant | Technology
News Story (Massachusetts)

Courts Turn To Cellphone Bans Despite Access Concerns

December 2, 2018 | Law360
Such is the conundrum for litigants without lawyers in 56 Massachusetts trial court facilities with active cellphone bans, according to research published in July by the Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law & Justice.
Tags: Access to Justice | Courts
Op-Ed (NATIONAL)

Take care to help veterans who care for others too

November 29, 2018 | Stars and Stripes
As an attorney with LegalHealth, who staffs an on-site free legal clinic for older veterans at the Manhattan and Bronx VA hospitals in New York, I find far too many veteran clients who are seeking services not only for themselves, but care for others.
Tags: Veterans
News Story (Pennsylvania)

Hire More Lawyers. Save More Money

November 28, 2018 | Philadelphia Citizen
You wouldn’t expect that hiring a bunch more lawyers could actually help a city save money, but that’s exactly what a new report on Philadelphia’s intractable eviction crisis concluded.
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel | Funding: State & Local | Housing: Eviction
News Story (Ohio)

Tenant Advocacy Project helps Franklin County residents stay in their homes, according to new study

November 27, 2018 | Columbus Dispatch
The study found that tenants who received help from the Tenant Advocacy Project were able to stay in their home 240 percent more often than those who were not helped by the organization.
Tags: Housing: Eviction
News Story (Ohio)

Study: Local Program Helping Renters Avoid Eviction

November 27, 2018 | WCBE (Columbus)
The Legal Aid Society of Columbus says its Tenant Advocacy Project created last year helped people stay in their homes 240 percent more often than those who were not assited by the program.
Tags: Housing: Eviction