Houston will guarantee counsel for some tenants

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09/04/2020, Pilot, Housing - Evictions

In Houston, an initiative launched by a Justice of the Peace has resulted in the creation of a limited universal counsel program for tenants.  The project is funded by $750,000 in CARES Act funding and $750,000 from the City.  All tenants in a small handful of JP courts in Houston will receive counsel, and the tenants will be served by Lone Star Legal Aid (which has a press release here: https://lonestarlegal.blog/2020/09/03/lone-star-legal-aid-launches-eviction-right-to-counsel-project/).

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: yes

 

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The NCCRC has provided input and guidance to some of the founder of the project.