Trying to solve Philly’s eviction crisis with free lawyers

Listen 13:46
Laron Campbell, a Philadelphia resident who narrowly avoideded eviction with the help of Community Legal Services, testifies during a City Council hearing on a bill that would guarantee legal counsel for evictees. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Laron Campbell, a Philadelphia resident who narrowly avoideded eviction with the help of Community Legal Services, testifies during a City Council hearing on a bill that would guarantee legal counsel for evictees. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Many Philadelphians are unfairly evicted because they don’t have lawyers to represent them, fueling a crisis in the city. That’s why City Council is expected to vote next week on a bill to guarantee attorneys for low-income renters. Could it really help? WHYY’s PlanPhilly reporter Jake Blumgart breaks it down.

Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

It will take 126,000 members this year for great news and programs to thrive. Help us get to 100% of the goal.