Provide right to counsel in housing cases to reduce evictions, tackle poverty


When families lack safe, stable housing, many aspects of their lives fall apart. Eviction is a cause, not just a condition, of poverty.
Op-Ed (Ohio)

Hazel Remesch
Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH)
March 2, 2018
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Tags: Civil Right to Counsel, Housing: Eviction

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Society of Cleveland


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Those who faced eviction have difficulty renting again because of an eviction record or multiple evictions. For families that are already marginalized, moving is expensive; there are costs associated with any move, including paying a new security deposit, application fees, and first and last months’ rent at a new unit.

Not only does losing the eviction case affect the family in multiple ways, but all of society also bears the cost in a way that is significantly more expensive than the cost of housing alone. The financial and personal strain of an eviction leads to a cascade of consequences. Evicted families often become more reliant on publicly financed medical care, shelters and benefits.