Can Paying for the Poor to Have Lawyers Actually Save a City Money?


Lawyers in Philadelphia think so. They want the city, which is suffering from an eviction crisis, to spend more on helping people fight landlords in court.
News Story (Pennsylvania)

J. Brian Charles
Governing
November 19, 2018
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Tags: Civil Right to Counsel, Funding: State & Local, Housing: Eviction

Organizations mentioned/involved: Philadelphia Bar Association


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In fact, the city could save $45.2 million each year with an annual investment of $3.5 million in services for low-income renters, according to a recent reportcommissioned by the Philadelphia Bar Association. Right now the city spends $800,000 to pay for legal services for people facing eviction as well as financial counseling for low-income tenants. That money also funds tenants’ rights education and outreach, plus a legal center that helps resolve landlord-tenant disputes.