Hire More Lawyers. Save More Money

You wouldn’t expect that hiring a bunch more lawyers could actually help a city save money, but that’s exactly what a new report on Philadelphia’s intractable eviction crisis concluded.

News Story (Pennsylvania)

Alex Braden
Philadelphia Citizen
November 28, 2018

Tags: Civil Right to Counsel, Funding: State & Local, Housing: Eviction

Organizations mentioned/involved: Philadelphia Bar Association, Community Legal Services (CLS) of Philadelphia


And it’s not chump change either; the report, prepared by consulting firm Stout Risius Ross for  the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Civil Gideon and Access to Justice Task Force, found that an estimated annual expenditure of $3.5 million to provide legal counsel for low-income tenants in eviction proceedings could avoid at least $45.2 million in city costs every year.