New report claims city could save millions by providing lawyers to residents in eviction cases

By providing lawyers for people faced with eviction, the City of Philadelphia could save itself tens of millions of dollars in costs, the study said.

News Story (Pennsylvania)

Jon Hurdle
Philadelphia Weekly
November 13, 2018

Tags: Funding: State & Local, Housing: Eviction

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


The City faces other eviction-related costs that are not easily calculated, such as the education, welfare and juvenile-justice costs associated with homeless children, the negative impact on tenants’ credit scores, and the costs of incarceration.

The report calculated that providing legal representation to low-income tenants facing eviction would cost the City $3.5 million a year but would result in about 14,400 people avoiding what it calls “disruptive displacement” that may result from eviction.