City Funds Legal Assistance To Ease Eviction Crisis


The money was added to the budget after city council hearings that described an eviction “crisis.”
News Story (Pennsylvania)

Pat Loeb
KYW (local CBS, Philadelphia)
June 29, 2017
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Tags: Civil Right to Counsel, Housing: Eviction

Organizations mentioned/involved: Community Legal Services (CLS) of Philadelphia


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One of the biggest reasons is that renters, legally, stop paying rent until landlords fix substandard conditions, but landlords instead take them to court, where the landlords have lawyers but 92% of tenants don’t.

At a March hearing, many witnesses said changing that dynamic alone would ease the crisis.

Councilwoman Helen Gym says the funding will do that.

“With this funding, Philadelphia’s joining the forefront of a national movement,” she said.