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)
November 13, 2018
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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.