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Legal Support for Renters: How a Right to Counsel Can Improve Renters’ Health
Evictions are a source of homelessness and housing instability, affecting physical safety and health, decreasing healthcare access, and increasing poor health outcomes. According to the National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel (NCCRC), 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.

Join us on Sept. 8 for a webinar presented by CityHealth, an initiative of the de Beaumont Foundation and Kaiser Permanente, and the NCCRC on Legal Support for Renters policies. Learn from local leaders and experts about how this policy can decrease evictions, reduce homelessness, and promote better health.

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CityHealth works to advance a package of proven policy solutions that will help millions of people live longer, better lives in vibrant, prosperous communities. CityHealth regularly evaluates cities on the number and strength of their policies. For more information about CityHealth and our policies, including earned sick leave, please visit CityHealth.org.

Sep 8, 2022 02:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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