New NCCRC/CityHealth report highlights eviction right to counsel; webinar in Sept
09/19/2022, Report, Housing - Evictions
The NCCRC has partnered with CityHealth, an initiative of the de Beaumont Foundation and Kaiser Permanente and Enterprise Community Partners on "Addressing America's Housing Crisis." The report explores three of the housing polices contained in CityHealth's 2.0 Policy Package: Affordable Housing Trusts, Healthy Rental Housing, and Legal Support for Renters. You can also read about the report in this press release.
We recently had a webinar on the report: check out the recording and slide deck! Below is a description of the webinarL
Evictions are a source of homelessness and housing instability, affecting physical safety and health, decreasing healthcare access, and increasing poor health outcomes. On average, when evictions take place and there is no right to counsel in place, 81% of landlords have legal representation nationwide, compared to only 3% of tenants. A Legal Support for Renters policy (also called a “right to counsel”) is an evidence-based, cost-effective approach that can help mitigate eviction harms, protect housing rights, and close health disparities. By addressing the representation gap, Legal Support for Renters policies help people at risk of eviction remain safe in their homes and avoid homelessness, keep their records free from evictions, and reduce rent debt. Legal support for renters policies can also be a cost-savings measure for jurisdictions by decreasing the substantial social support costs of eviction. At the webinar, you'll learn more about the Legal Support for Renters portion of the report and hear from New Orleans' Councilmember Helena N. Moreno.
The NCCRC is a co-author of the report.