Patrick Clark, Prashant Gopal
September 14, 2020
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Tags: CDC Eviction Moratorium, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Housing: Eviction
Organizations mentioned/involved: National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel (NCCRC)
The increase in evictions during the first week of September highlights key challenges to implementing the ban, according to John Pollock, coordinator for the National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel, an organization that seeks to establish a right to legal representation for defendants in housing court. One problem, he said, is the form tenants have to fill out to get protection, attesting that they’re eligible. “The moratorium is obviously a good thing and it’s going to help people if they know it exists,” he said. “But they have to learn the thing exists, get a copy, fill it out properly and get it to their landlord before the landlord rams an eviction through the court.”