Milwaukee’s Eviction Defense Project Provides Representation To Tenants In Poverty

Around half a million people need legal aid in Wisconsin and can't afford it. One main reason they need legal aid: eviction.

News Story (Wisconsin)

Maayan Silver
WUWM (local NPR, Milwaukee)
November 20, 2019

Tags: Housing: Eviction

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee


That’s why Legal Action of Wisconsin — the largest provider of legal aid services for low income people in southeastern Wisconsin — set up the Eviction Defense Project.

Around 1 p.m., elevators open onto the fourth floor of the Milwaukee County Courthouse. People trickle off and head to room 400 — where eviction cases are heard. Right across the hall sits the Eviction Defense Project. There, eligible tenants who are being evicted can get free legal services, explains head paralegal Don Tolbert.

“They come in, we screen them for eligibility, and then we have them meet with our volunteer attorneys who can either give them advice, negotiate with the landlord and actually represent them in court that day,” Tolbert says.