News Story (Pennsylvania)
March 7, 2019
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Tags: Housing: Eviction, Housing: Right to Counsel
Organizations mentioned/involved: Philadelphia Bar Association
According to the study commissioned by the bar association, Economic Return on Investment of Providing Counsel in Philadelphia Eviction Cases for Low-Income Tenants, by providing free representation to low-income tenants facing eviction, the city can help keep people in their homes while saving $12 for every $1 spent.
The study was performed pro bono by Stout Risius Ross, a valuation advisory, investment banking, dispute consulting and management consulting firm.
Stout determined that unrepresented tenants are disruptively displaced due to eviction in approximately 78% of cases, compared with represented tenants, who are disruptively displaced due to eviction in only about five percent of cases. By being represented, many low-income individuals each year would avoid being disruptively displaced.