According to a report commissioned by the Philadelphia Bar Association and released last week, residents of the poorest major city in the country are evicted at a rate 150 percent higher than the national average.
News Story (Pennsylvania)
November 18, 2018
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Tags: Civil Right to Counsel, Funding: State & Local, Housing: Eviction
Organizations mentioned/involved: Philadelphia Bar Association, Community Legal Services (CLS) of Philadelphia
But the PBA hopes to bring that eviction rate down by convincing the City of Brotherly Love to provide low-income tenants with legal counsel in eviction proceedings. Its report, conducted pro bono by Stout Risius Ross LLC and titled “Economic Return on Investment of Providing Counsel in Philadelphia Eviction Cases for Low-Income Tenants,” found that the city could save $45.2 million a year if it spent $3.5 million on lawyers for the indigent in housing disputes.