N.J. city is fighting a ‘wave of gentrification’ with these free lawyers

Newark has laid the groundwork to ensure low-income tenants facing evictions have free legal representation in court as of the summer -- an ambitious move by the city as long-term residents worry they’ll be displaced by new development.

News Story (New Jersey)

Karen Yi
January 3, 2019

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

Organizations mentioned/involved: Essex-Newark Legal Services Project (Newark, NJ)


The City Council last month approved the right to counsel law, which establishes legal services for renters facing eviction. In order to qualify, the renters’ incomes must be 200 percent of the federal poverty level or less.

“This is the first time that Newark has ever endeavored to do something so ambitious and important on behalf of a population that has been housing insecure for decades,” said David Troutt, director of Rutgers Center for Law, Inequality and Metropolitan Equity.