Louisville is first Southern city to enact eviction right to counsel

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06/06/2021, Legislation, Housing - Evictions

UPDATE: Louisville media checks in on RTC program

 

The Courier-Journal reports that over 700 households have been assisted by Louisville's right to counsel program, although due to eligibility requirements (125% of poverty level and having a child) another 1,400 households didn't qualify and received legal services from the Legal Aid Society of Louisville through other funding sources.   And Wave reports that "Louisville Metro rent prices have jumped more than 12% in the past two years, compared to a 6.5% jump in the previous two years", increasing the need for right to counsel.

 

Background

 

In April 2021, Louisville KY became the first city in the South, and the 9th city overall, to enact a right to counsel for tenants facing eviction, provided the tenants have at least one child and are income eligible.  The right to counsel is at the moment funded by $400,000 in federal Emergency Rental Assistance funds. 

 

The Louisville Courier-Journal has more.

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: yes

 

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The NCCRC provided some input to advocates working on the ordinance.