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NEWS BRIEF: Pilot program provides no-cost lawyers for evicted renters

The rent is too damn high

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Photo credit: Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation
Atlanta Law Group Receives $500,000 to help prevent evictions

Tenants facing eviction can now get legal representation thanks to an arrangement between city councilors and a local nonprofit known as the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation. The agreement also included approval of a $500,000 donation to the group.

According to the Atlanta Regional Commission, 36,510 evictions were filed within the city between April 2020 and July 2 of this year. "Our eviction crisis harms individuals, families, schools, neighborhoods and our community as a whole," AVLF Executive Director Michael Lucas told Axios. "We believe this pilot represents an important first step towards reducing that harm and creating a more safe and stable Atlanta." Details: axios.com