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NEWS BRIEF: Tenants facing eviction could get help from public defender

Those served eviction notices may get help

Photo by Clay Duda - 2012 article about Family occupying vacant home in Pittsburgh told to leave
Photo credit: CL File
People facing eviction in Atlanta could get to keep their homes, if a new proposal introduced by City Councilman Michael Julian Bond goes into effect. The legislation would allow the Office of the Public Defender to assist indigent clients with administrative hearings resulting from eviction notices. Typically, only 20 to 30 percent of tenants respond to eviction notices and are thus evicted with no hearing or trial. axios.com