Legal services orgs tap new federal funds for tenant representation

04/15/2021, Miscellaneous, Housing - Evictions



In 2020 and 2021, Congress created a number of new federal sources of funding that can be, and have been, tapped to expand tenant representation with an eye towards a right to counsel.  We have produced a summary of these sources and their parameters, and also held a webinar going through these sources (check out the webinar recording and slide deck).


For more details on some of these examples and tips on how your jurisdiction might do the same, check out Civil Legal Aid Funding in the Time of COVID-19 in the MIE Journal, as well as our spreadsheet of details from some jurisdictions.  


The rest of this page provides examples from jurisdictions that have taken this step.  This is not an exhaustive list, as there is no central reporting for these funding allocations and so the NCCRC has gathered what information it can through its network.


CARES Act funding


Atlanta ($150k CDBG-CV), Baltimore ($600k CDBG-CV), Bucks County PA ($50k CDBG-CV in 2020,  $97,500 CDBG-CV in 2021), Chicago ($500k CRF, $500k CDBG), Cincinnati ($4k CDBG-CV); Chester County PA ($67,500 CDBG-CV); Clark County NV ($400k CRF), Cleveland ($700k CDBG-CV), Columbus ($250k CRF), Colorado ($350k CRF), Colorado Springs ($150k CDBG-CV), Delaware ($100k CDBG from New Castle County, $50k CDBG from Sussex County, and $750k CDBG/$250k ESG from Delaware State Housing Authority for 2021), Detroit ($2.2 million CDBG-CV), Illinois ($225k CDBG-CV, $170k supplemental OAA Title III-B funding), Lawrence MA ($397k CDBG-CV), Los Angeles ($3 million CDBG-V), Massachusetts ($8.6 million CRF), Michigan ($4 million CRF, $2.25 million ESG), Montgomery County PA ($67,500 CDBG-CV), Nevada ($400k CRF), New Bedford MA ($95k CDBG-CV); Orange County NC ($42,950 CRF for 1/2 of atty salary) Pennsylvania ($8 million CRF, some of which is used for non-eviction cases), Pima County AZ ($2 million CRF), Providence ($50k CDBG-CV), Rhode Island ($1.3 million CDBG-CV), Rochester New York ($460k ESG), San Mateo County ($1 million CDBG), Santa Ana CA ($250k ESG), Texas ($4.2 million CRF, $500k ESG), Toledo ($100k CDBG), Vermont ($550k CRF), Washington State ($800k CRF), Worcester MA (up to $100k ESG).  Virginia has appropriated $2 million from its own "COVID-19 Relief Fund" to match a $2 million grant from IKEA.


Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP 1 and 2)


Cuyahoga County OH ($1 million for all suburbs outside Cleveland; Long Beach CA ($900k), Michigan ($7 million), Missouri (fee-for-service model), Rhode Island ($500k), Sonoma County CA ($712k)