News Story (Pennsylvania)
November 14, 2018
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Tags: Civil Right to Counsel, Funding: State & Local, Housing: Eviction
Organizations mentioned/involved: Community Legal Services (CLS) of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Bar Association
Released on Tuesday, a new study suggests that expanding legal representation to all tenants facing eviction would have wide-ranging benefits — not just for the tenants themselves, but for the city as a whole. Commissioned by the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Civil Gideon and Access to Justice Task Force, and completed by the consulting firm Stout Risius Ross, the study concludes that full legal representation for low-income tenants at risk of eviction would cost the city $3.5 million a year, but save $45.2 million a year in costs related to homelessness, education, family and neighborhood instability, and burdens on the court system.