Philly Sees New Push To Provide Attys For Poor Tenants

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)

RJ Vogt
November 18, 2018

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.