Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelley to pursue plan to provide lawyers for impoverished tenants fighting eviction

News Story (Ohio)

Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelley to pursue plan to provide lawyers for impoverished tenants fighting eviction

May 29, 2019 | Robert Higgs | Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH)
City Council President Kevin Kelley expects within weeks to introduce legislation that would provide lawyers free of charge to impoverished tenants facing eviction.
Tags: Housing: Eviction | Right to Counsel

Tenants facing eviction almost never have lawyers. Now, an attorney trawls a courthouse lobby handing out free advice

News Story (Virginia)

Tenants facing eviction almost never have lawyers. Now, an attorney trawls a courthouse lobby handing out free advice

May 15, 2019 | Ned Oliver | Virginia Mercury
Tenants facing eviction in Virginia are almost never represented by lawyers. But that’s about to change as a flood of cash begins to flow to legal aid groups around the state.
Tags: Housing: Eviction

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

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‘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