Preventing evictions becomes a focus in fight against homelessness in Minnesota

Thousands of Minnesotans face eviction notices each year and end up in court — often without a lawyer or an understanding of their rights.

News Story (Minnesota)

Shannon Prather
Star-Tribune (Minneapolis)
February 9, 2019

Tags: Civil Right to Counsel, Housing: Eviction

Organizations mentioned/involved: Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid, Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services


Now, nonprofits and philanthropists are zeroing in on the issue, investing in efforts to keep renters from losing their housing in the first place. The Pohlad Family Foundation, which pivoted its focus to housing stability last year, has given money to Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid, Volunteer Lawyers Network and Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services to provide counsel and representation to renters.

“Evictions can cause a downward spiral for families that leads to homelessness,” said Susan Bass Roberts, vice president and executive director of the Pohlad Family Foundation. “There are concrete things we can do to prevent this.”