News Story (Pennsylvania)
January 11, 2019
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Tags: Housing: Eviction, Housing: Right to Counsel
Organizations mentioned/involved: Philadelphia Bar Association
On Nov. 13, 2018, the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Civil Gideon and Access to Justice Task Force released a landmark cost-benefit study that addressed in detail the benefits to low-income tenants—and to the city of Philadelphia—of providing legal representation to tenants facing eviction in court proceedings. The study, conducted over the course of more than a year by Chicago-based Stout Risius Ross, LLC (Stout), drew a remarkable conclusion: if the city of Philadelphia invested $3.5 million per year to fund counsel for low-income tenants, the city would save $45.2 million per year in other costs and expenses.