As rents soar in Boston, low-income tenants try to stave off eviction

With an estimated 43 evictions a day in Massachusetts, should the state guarantee legal help to renters who can’t afford an attorney?

Investigative (Massachusetts)

Jenifer McKim
Boston Globe
February 19, 2019

Tags: Civil Right to Counsel, Housing, Housing: Eviction

Organizations mentioned/involved: Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS)


“It is David versus Goliath,’’ says Sal DiDomenico, a state senator from Everett. “People who are low income don’t have the resources to compete.” DiDomenico introduced a bill in January, an act to ensure right to counsel in eviction proceedings, to provide legal counsel to low-income tenants — part of a package of bills supported by Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh to reduce displacement and help low-income residents.