News Story (Connecticut)
WNPR (Hartford, CT)
January 23, 2020
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Tags: Housing: Eviction, Housing: Right to Counsel
Organizations mentioned/involved: New Haven Legal Assistance Association (CT)
If the measure passes, it would allow the U.S. attorney general to authorize $125 million in grants to state and local governments to provide legal assistance for families in eviction cases if their income is lower than 125% of the federal poverty level.
Attorney Yonatan E. Zamir from the New Haven Legal Assistance Association said in an area like New Haven that would be a family of four with an income below $30,000.
DeLauro said the bill is “about fairness and equality under the law.” She said just 10% of tenants have legal representation in eviction lawsuits, compared to an estimated 90% of landlords.