Minneapolis tenants facing evictions are increasingly showing up in housing court without a lawyer when their cases are heard, leaving them disadvantaged in fighting their case, tenant advocates said Wednesday.
News Story (Minnesota)
Mukhtar M. Ibrahim
November 14, 2018
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Tags: Funding: State & Local, Housing: Eviction
Organizations mentioned/involved: Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid, Volunteer Lawyers Network (Minneapolis, MN)
In Minneapolis, about 3,000 tenants — most of them members of minorities and living in low-income households — face evictions every year, city data shows. Almost none has an attorney.
“Housing is a right, and securing that right requires representation in housing court,” Frey said. “More Representation Minneapolis is aimed at providing just that by utilizing the resources in our legal community and targeting them to prevent unfair eviction.”
Twelve local law firms, including Volunteer Lawyers Network and Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid, will participate in the program to increase pro bono legal assistance for Minneapolis tenants.