Why N.J. should provide low-income tenants facing eviction free legal help

Indeed, only 80 of the 40,000 residential eviction actions brought in Essex County in one year alone had tenants asserting their most basic right to a safe and inhabitable dwelling.

Op-Ed (New Jersey)

Paula Franzese
Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ)
November 2, 2017

Tags: Civil Right to Counsel, Housing: Eviction


Every day, in New Jersey and across the country, countless residential tenants face the prospect of eviction. Last year, our state saw 161,000 evictions. The preponderance of those tenants, many among the ranks of the working poor and the disabled, remain voiceless, without legal counsel or the opportunity to be meaningfully heard. Yet there are catastrophic personal and societal consequences of housing displacement and homelessness.