Houston will guarantee counsel for some tenants

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03/10/2021, Pilot, Housing - Evictions

UPDATE: city/county task force urges right to counsel

 

The Harris County Housing Stability Task Force, created by Harris County and the City of Houston, has issued recommendations that include establishing a right to counsel for evictions.  

 

Background

 

In Houston, an initiative launched by a Justice of the Peace has resulted in the creation of a limited universal counsel program for tenants.  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 founders of the project.