More affordable housing, right to legal counsel could ease Tucson’s eviction problem

Ensuring due process for tenants in eviction court is also critical, legal advocates say.

Investigative (Arizona)

Emily Bregel
Arizona Daily Star
November 15, 2018

Tags: Civil Right to Counsel, Housing: Eviction

Organizations mentioned/involved: Southern Arizona Legal Aid, Community Legal Services Inc. (Arizona), National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) (DC)


Right-to-counsel laws are gaining traction nationwide. Last year, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation guaranteeing free legal representation to income-eligible tenants facing eviction. The program covers tenants earning up to 200 percent of the poverty level and will be phased in over five years.

The basic argument for guaranteed representation is rooted in the right to due process, said Susanna Blankley, coalition coordinator for Right To Counsel NYC, which advocated for the law.