Can You Pay the Rent on May 1? Here's What to Do If You Can't

The best protection for renters right now is the eviction moratoriums. But coverage is patchy, varying by state, county and city. Attorney suggest knowing the tenant protections where you live, talking with your landlord and documenting your requests. "You can only make decisions if you have this... Continue reading >

Food Stamp Need Soars in Missouri as Job Losses Mount

More people filed for food stamps in Missouri in March as job losses mounted and the state intensified its response to the new coronavirus pandemic. A St. Louis-based legal aid attorney who helps Missourians sign up for SNAP benefits told the Post-Dispatch she’s seen a spike in need. “We’re getting... Continue reading >

People in Extended-Stay Hotels Facing Challenges Amid Coronavirus Threat

Texas suspended eviction proceedings in court until April 30, making it so tenants who can’t pay can’t be put out on the streets. But there’s no clear guideline for what happens to people in extended-stay hotels like the InTown. “It’s a case-by-case analysis, people in long-term hotels are really... Continue reading >

Increase in Illegal Debt Collection Tactics and Scams on the Horizon

The pandemic forced a record-breaking number of Americans to file for unemployment, but many already faced a financial burden – debt. Industry observers predict that as the market for collections grows, it will be paired with a rise in illegal, predatory debt collection practices and scams. “This... Continue reading >

Coping With a Pandemic: Pine Tree's Nan Heald

With distancing and isolation the new norm amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Law360 is sharing reactions from around the business and legal community. Today's perspective comes from Nan Heald, executive director at free civil legal aid provider Pine Tree Legal Assistance in Portland, Maine. Read more. Continue reading >

Coronavirus Relief Aid for Hudson Valley Legal Services

Rep. Nita Lowey announced $235,892 in funding for Legal Services of the Hudson Valley through the Legal Services Corporation. "This pandemic has created chaos and will significantly increase the need for legal services in many households across the Lower Hudson Valley. Low-income New Yorkers facing... Continue reading >

Coping With COVID: Legal Services Organizations on the Frontlines

"Coping with COVID: Legal Services Organizations on the Frontlines" welcomes several accomplished lawyers who lead legal services organizations and who are working hard to assist people with critical legal needs. They discuss how they are persevering in their efforts to serve their clients and how... Continue reading >

Lawyers Fear a “Tsunami” of Evictions When State Moratoriums End

There are moratoriums preventing landlords from evicting residents in all but five states at the state or local level due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Eviction Lab at Princeton University. But lawyers who work with low-income clients told BuzzFeed News that despite moratoriums and... Continue reading >

Advocates Fear that Debt Collectors will Seize Bank Accounts

Pro bono lawyers who advocate for indigent Texans are concerned that predatory debt collectors will try to raid bank accounts as soon as the federal government began to deliver much-anticipated stimulus payments to qualifying Americans. This is a particular concern as courts are closed. “Right now... Continue reading >

Eviction Protections Lacking for Those Living in Hotels and Motels

Indiana’s temporary halt on evictions and foreclosures remains in place until at least early May, but the order has not protected people living in transitional housing like extended stay hotels. Brandon Beeler, director of Indiana Legal Services’ Housing Law Center, has been helping clients in... Continue reading >