New Haven, Waterbury, Hartford and Bridgeport Among Top 100 Evicting Cities

In response, DeLauro recently reintroduced the Eviction Prevention Act to help low-income people get access to legal counsel if they are being evicted.

News Story (Connecticut)

Lori Mack
WNPR (Hartford, CT)
January 23, 2020

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.