Philadelphia Bar Chancellor’s Forum On Eviction Cases For Low Income Tenants

Fedullo said the study addressed the economic benefits to the city for funding counsel for low-income tenants facing eviction and, according to that study, those benefits, both financial and social, are quite significant.

News Story (Pennsylvania)

Nathaniel Lee
Philadelphia Free Press
March 13, 2019

Tags: Housing: Eviction, Housing: Right to Counsel

Organizations mentioned/involved: Community Legal Services (CLS) of Philadelphia


There are high costs associated with evictions, both locally and nationally. These costs not only include the dislocation of families and displacement of children but also the financial costs associated with providing the needed resources to combat those challenges.

Those were the findings revealed in the Stout report entitled, “Economic Return on Investment of Providing Counsel I Philadelphia eviction cases for Low income Tenants which was discussed at the Philadelphia Bar Association at 1101 Market Street Monday, during the Chancellor’s Forum.

During the forum, a panel of legal professionals discussed the findings of the study.

“This is our first Chancellor’s forum of the year. The forum is an opportunity for the Chancellor an issue of tremendous importance to the legal community and this is one that is of huge importance to our community,” said Chancellor Rochelle M. Fedullo.

“We are focused on the right to counsel for low-income tenants facing eviction which is an issue that our Civil Gideon and Access to Justice Task Force have been working on for 10 years,” she said.