To the Editor: Re “Eviction Crises That a Few Hundred Dollars Could Solve”

Letter to Editor (NATIONAL, Pennsylvania)

To the Editor: Re “Eviction Crises That a Few Hundred Dollars Could Solve”

January 7, 2020 | Rachel Garland , Barrett Marshall | New York Times (NYT)
While the holiday season brought tidings of joy for some, many people go through the cold winter months facing eviction and homelessness. Many are renters who are shut out of their homes over only a few hundred dollars, often less than one month’s rent.
Tags: Housing: Eviction | Housing: Right to Counsel

As Rents Rise, Cities Strengthen Tenants’ Ability to Fight Eviction

News Story (NATIONAL)

As Rents Rise, Cities Strengthen Tenants’ Ability to Fight Eviction

December 26, 2019 | Laura Kusisto | Wall Street Journal (WSJ)
Half-a-dozen cities from San Francisco to Cleveland are promising tenants the right to an attorney in eviction cases, a costly and logistically daunting initiative that advocates say is a necessary response to rising housing costs and homelessness.
Tags: Housing: Eviction | Right to Counsel

Philadelphia renters forced to deal with major issues — or risk eviction

News Story (Pennsylvania)

Philadelphia renters forced to deal with major issues — or risk eviction

December 18, 2019 | Steve Volk | WHYY (PA)
“The importance of the right to counsel bill can’t be minimized,” says Rachel Garland, a veteran of the city’s eviction courts and managing attorney at Community Legal Services. “This is a very large step for Philadelphia.”
Tags: Housing: Eviction | Housing: Right to Counsel

Is Tenants’ Right to Counsel On Its Way to Becoming Standard Practice?

News Story (NATIONAL, Ohio, Pennsylvania)

Is Tenants’ Right to Counsel On Its Way to Becoming Standard Practice?

December 10, 2019 | Jared Brey | NextCity.org
Eviction is a deeply disruptive and destructive event in a tenant’s life that, in the words of Matt Desmond, director of Princeton University's Eviction Lab, “is not just a condition of poverty, it is a cause of it.” Research shows that most of the time in housing court landlords have lawyers but tenants do not. The good news is that there is a growing national movement to provide all renters facing eviction the legal help they need to ensure a fair outcome in eviction proceedings. So far, five cities have passed such bills, and more are considering it.
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel | Housing: Eviction | Housing: Landlord-Tenant

A Fairer Evictions Court

News Story (Pennsylvania)

A Fairer Evictions Court

November 6, 2019 | Steve Volk | Philadelphia Citizen
Proposed legislation would provide free lawyers for Philly tenants at risk of evictions, similar to how defendants are guaranteed counsel in criminal court. Could it help even the playing field here, as it has in New York City?
Tags: Housing: Right to Counsel