One of the most effective solutions for preventing eviction and housing instability is already in effect around the country: civil legal aid.
Rasheedah Phillips, Jenna Collins
February 8, 2019
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Tags: Civil Right to Counsel, Housing: Eviction
Organizations mentioned/involved: Philadelphia Bar Association, Community Legal Services (CLS) of Philadelphia
Civil legal aid means that tenants facing eviction in court don’t have to do it alone. In Philadelphia, the city has partnered with civil legal aid agencies, including Community Legal Services, to create the Philadelphia Eviction Prevention Project (PEPP). The program introduces an innovative model to connect tenants facing eviction with legal representation, court assistance, financial counseling, a live hotline, a walk-in help center and educational materials. Based on our preliminary findings from the first year, tenants who got help from a PEPP advocate saw better outcomes than those that did not, whether by showing up for court, winning their cases, or reaching agreements with their landlords.