Toledo becomes 14th jurisdiction with tenant right to counsel

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09/15/2021, Legislation, Housing - Evictions

The Toledo City Council has enacted a tenant right to counsel ordinance that guarantees counsel for all tenants facing eviction who are at 200% or below of the federal poverty level.  The law is to be phased in over 5 years and staffed by Legal Aid of Western Ohio, and will be funded by $250k/year in American Rescue Plan Act funding.  The news was reported in the Toledo Blade

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The NCCRC submitted supportive testimony, met with advocates and city leaders, and worked with advocates on the bill language.