Evictions rates are high across the country but Philadelphia's is 1.5 times the national average. The Philadelphia Bar Association has a proposal they think will help and save the city some money.
News Story (Pennsylvania)
KYW (local CBS, Philadelphia)
November 13, 2018
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Tags: Funding: State & Local, Housing: Eviction
If the city put $3.5 million into lawyers for tenants faced with eviction, the results for tenants would be so much better that the city would save $45 million it’s now spending on the shelter system and other services it provides to people after they’re evicted, the study concludes.
“Our report and analysis, I think, clearly demonstrate that it’s a very wise investment for the City of Philadelphia to consider expanding representation, perhaps even a right to counsel for eviction cases, which other cities are exploring and have enacted in some cases,” said Steinkamp.