Housing Eviction - Legislation

  1. D.C. B21-0879 (providing for "civil right to counsel projects" in the District of Columbia)


    Video of 10-19-16 hearing: http://dc.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=3415


    Media coverage:


  2. New York City Right to Counsel in Housing Legislation: Intro 214-A (all tenants and homeowners under 200% of federal poverty level)


    Endorsements of and support for the bill:


    Cost estimates:

    Media coverage of rollout:



    Media coverage of bill passage:


    Media coverage of Feb 12, 2017 support announcement by Mayor De Blasio:


    • Press Releases:

    Media coverage of Dec. 13, 2016 press conference:


    Media coverage of Sept. 26, 2016 hearing:


    Media coverage in general:

    • Spencer Wells, Legal Representation in Housing Court Gains Traction as Evictions Abound, Nonprofit Quarterly (Sept. 13, 2016), avai
  3. Old NYC eviction bill (2007)

    1. Manny Fernandez, Free Legal Aid Sought for Elderly Tenants, New York Times (Nov. 16, 2007), available athttp://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/16/nyregion/16housing.html?_r=2&oref=slogin.

    2. Ann B. Lesk, Letter from the President of the New York County Lawyers' Association (Dec. 1, 2008), available at http://www.metrocorpcounsel.com/current.php?artType=view&artMonth=December&artYear=2008&EntryNo=9177.

    3. Denise R. Oliveira, Housing Court: Groundbreaking Right to Counsel Bill Introduced in City Council, New York Independent Media Center (Nov. 15, 2007). 

    4. Press Release, The Council of the City of New York Office of City Councilwoman Rosie Mendez, Council Member Mendez Proposes Historic Legislation to Help Keep Low-Income Seniors in Their Homes (Nov. 15, 2007), available at http://rosiemendez.com/images/pdf_files/COUNCIL-MEMBER-MENDEZ-PROPOSES-HISTORIC-LEGISLATION-TO-HELP-KEEP-LOW-INCOME-SENIORS-IN-THEIR-HOMES-Room-Eight.pdf.

  4. Philadelphia 2016 resolution (160988)

    1. Video of 3-20-17 Committee hearing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3PQv-DshCg&feature=youtu.be&t=1h48m52s

    2. Media:

      1. Roy Aguilar, Philadelphia City Council to Address City's 'Eviction Crisis' for Low-Income Renters, NBC 10 (Mar. 20, 2017), available at http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Philadelphia-Eviction-Crisis-Low-Income-Renters-416614133.html.

      2. Jake Blumgart, Council Hearing Examines Evictions, Substandard Housing, and Possible Solutions, PlanPhilly (Mar. 21, 2017), available at http://planphilly.com/articles/2017/03/21/council-hearing-examines-evictions-substandard-housing-and-possible-solutions.

      3. Jake Blumgart, To Reduce Unfair Evictions, Tenants Need Lawyers, PlanPhilly/WHYY (Mar. 16, 2017), available at http://planphilly.com/articles/2017/03/16/to-reduce-unfair-evictions-tenants-need-lawyers.

      4. Kathy Desmond, Op-Ed: Philly Should Relieve Eviction Crisis By Funding Legal Representation for Low-Income Tenants, NewsWorks (Mar. 24, 2017), available at http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/item/102451-op-ed-philly-should-relieve-eviction-crisis-by-funding-legal-representation-for-low-income-tenants.

      5. Deborah Gross, Catherine Carr, and Joseph Sullivan, Commentary: Philly Tenants Should Have Access to Legal Aid, philly.com (Mar. 17, 2017), available at http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/20170317_Commentary__Philly_tenants_should_have_access_to_lega_aid.html.

      6. Abraham Gutman, Hearing Health and Eviction in Philadelphia, Huffington Post (Mar. 24, 2017), available at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/hearing-health-and-eviction-in-philadelphia_us_58d57038e4b0c0980ac0e5d5.

      7. Albert Hong, Solving Philly's 'Eviction Crisis' Will Take the City Committing to Free Legal Help, Generocity (Mar. 22, 2017), available at http://generocity.org/philly/2017/03/22/eviction-crisis-legal-help/.

      8. Jamila Johnson, PECO and PEW Under Fire Amidst Philadelphia Eviction Crisis, Al Dia (Mar. 20, 2017), available at http://aldianews.com/articles/local/peco-and-pgw-underfire-amidst-philadelphia-eviction-crisis/46777.

      9. Layla A. Jones, Eviction, Tenants' Right to Counsel Highlight at Council Hearing, Philadelphia Tribune (Mar. 21, 2017), available at http://www.phillytrib.com/news/eviction-tenants-right-to-counsel-highlight-at-council-hearing/article_b5f3d9d5-f78b-5e2e-b6b6-58fd70b2a828.html.

      10. Pat Loeb, Lawyers Could Ease Philadelphia's 'Eviction Crisis', Council Members Hear, CBS 3 Philly (Mar. 20, 2017), available at http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2017/03/20/philly-city-council-eviction-crisis/.

      11. Telemundo 62, Tenant Evictions in Philadelphia Discussed (Mar. 20, 2017), available at http://www.telemundo62.com/noticias/destacados/audiencia-Philadelphia-City-Council-casos-desahucio-vivienda-Helen-Gym-Maria-Quinones-Cindy-Bass-Pensilvania--416628933.html (Spanish).

    3. Testimony:

      1. Philadelphia Bar Chancellor

  5. San Francisco No Eviction Without Representation Act of 2018