Free legal help for tenants who get eviction notices? LA poised to budget $3M for it

That’s enough money to help about 195 renters at risk of getting booted from their homes.

News Story (California)

Nadra Nittle
May 16, 2019

Tags: Civil Right to Counsel, Housing: Eviction

Organizations mentioned/involved: National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel (NCCRC)


The city’s budget and finance committee last week asked the chief legislative analyst to identify $2 million to help launch a right-to-counsel initiative.

The program was first proposed by Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz and has the support of Mayor Eric Garcetti, who already set aside $936,000 for the effort, according to Koretz spokesperson Alison Simard. Koretz has also introduced two motions asking the City Council to allocate $10 million to the program.

It’s estimated that with a budget of $3 million, about 195 tenants could get eviction defense services. That number could soar to as many as 6,600—if the $10 million is allocated, Simard says.