‘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