News Story (Michigan)
March 12, 2019
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Tags: Civil Right to Counsel, Housing: Eviction
Organizations mentioned/involved: Lakeshore Legal Aid (MI)
A group of lawyers and business leaders, along with renters like Fite, gathered Tuesday for a one-day conference called “Detroit Eviction Right To Counsel Summit” to push a proposal to guarantee a lawyer for all poor renters facing eviction in Detroit.
Among the group’s findings: only about 4.4 percent of Detroit tenants in the approximately 32,000 evictions filed in 2017 had an attorney.
That’s half of what some similar cities have reported, said Neil Steinkamp, managing director at Stout, a New York consultant firm that has conducted cost studies on guaranteeing representation in other cities nationwide. Nearly 83 percent of landlords were represented.