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Arkansas Renters Face Eviction Threats During Pandemic

5.13.2020
With unemployment in Arkansas skyrocketing in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and renters facing threats of losing their homes, advocates for tenants have pushed for a temporary moratorium on evictions. Some renters have found that landlords are not showing leniency, and are threatening eviction... Continue reading >

$50 Million Allocated to LSC in New COVID-19 Relief Bill

5.13.2020
House Democrats proposed more than $1 billion in additional spending to address the coronavirus outbreak in the nation’s prisons in a new relief bill unveiled Tuesday. The bill would also provide another $50 million to Legal Services Corp. for grants for civil legal aid for the poor. The... Continue reading >

Pandemic Forces Legal Aid Groups to Think Outside the Box

5.13.2020
Pro bono and legal aid efforts are not immune to the adjustments needed to serve clients amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Jeff Heck, Indiana Legal Services' (ILS) pro bono project director, said ILS has been thinking creatively about how to transition some of its pro bono efforts to a virtual format. “... Continue reading >

Options Available to Renters Struggling to Cover Costs During Pandemic

5.13.2020
Making sure the rent is paid amid the pandemic is something easier said than done for many people. Karen Tjapkes, Director of Litigation for Legal Aid of Western Michigan, discusses options available to renters struggling to cover costs amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch here. Continue reading >

An Eviction Crisis Could Be Coming

5.13.2020
The pandemic economy is squeezing renters as well as low-income homeowners, setting the stage for what many experts fear will be a surge of evictions. Some in the Cleveland suburbs have already started hearing regular evictions again, according to the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland. Cleveland... Continue reading >

Essential Workers in Brownsville Worry About Their Health

5.12.2020
As the number of COVID-19 cases in Texas continues to rise, and the state continues to open up, some workers across the state are worried and wonder if they’ll be protected in the future. Kathryn Youker with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid said there’s a huge demand for information right now about... Continue reading >

There’s a Rental Crisis Coming

5.12.2020
The country’s 44 million rental households are uniquely vulnerable amid the current public health and economic crises, and renters often lack financial security and legal protections, not to mention bargaining power vis-a-vis their landlords. Faced with the specter of massive housing loss,... Continue reading >

Lawyers Plea for Officials to Stop Throwing Virus Shutdown Violators in Jail

5.12.2020
The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers approved a set of principles over the weekend that includes discouraging criminal charges or incarceration across-the-board for coronavirus crimes. Two months of shutdown orders have begun to wear on many Americans, and folks across the political... Continue reading >

Tenants Face Eviction Threat Amid Loss of Income From Pandemic

5.12.2020
Tenant advocates say they are hearing from a growing number of clients whose landlords are demanding payment of rent and refusing to work with them by deferring the debt. Frustrated and impatient landlords are threatening to kick them out or take other actions, despite the statewide moratorium on... Continue reading >

Florida Unemployment Pay Drama Continues as Residents Face Evictions

5.12.2020
Florida residents are growing increasingly frustrated by the state’s lag in paying unemployment benefits. Many residents who submitted applications two months ago are still awaiting an update. “They have been waiting for eight weeks now. They’re in this purgatory,” said Anna Eskamani, a member of... Continue reading >

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