‘Someone To Speak For You’: Low-Income Tenants Get Lawyers For Housing Court

Audio (New York)

‘Someone To Speak For You’: Low-Income Tenants Get Lawyers For Housing Court

April 3, 2019 | Jenifer McKim | National Public Radio (NPR)
The right to counsel program, signed into law in 2017, is meant to address the legal disparity in a city where historically only one in 10 tenants in housing court had a lawyer, while most landlords had legal representation.
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel | Housing: Eviction

L.A. renters deserve a ‘right to counsel’ for evictions

Editorial (California)

L.A. renters deserve a ‘right to counsel’ for evictions

April 23, 2019 | Los Angeles Times (LA Times)
Here’s one way to help ease Los Angeles’ homeless crisis: Give poor, vulnerable tenants lawyers to help them fight unjust evictions. Why? Because it’s often easier, cheaper and more humane to help people stay in their homes than it is to get them back on their feet after they have become homeless.
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel

Advocates credit new ‘Right to Counsel’ law with large drop in evictions

News Story (New York)

Advocates credit new ‘Right to Counsel’ law with large drop in evictions

March 27, 2019 | Michelle Cohen | 6sqft
The law is currently in effect in 20 New York City zip codes and will be implemented citywide by 2022. According to the report, 60 percent of the people who were able to remain in their homes in 2018 despite eviction proceedings benefited from legal representation under the new law.
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel | Housing: Eviction