Over 92% of tenants facing eviction are unrepresented
Last year, more than 40,000 eviction cases were filed in Massachusetts and countless more people moved out when they received an eviction notice. With rents on the rise, more households are just one step away from eviction.
Trauma of Eviction
The trauma of eviction is devastating. It causes depression and illness, spirals into job loss, sends people into shelters, and is uprooting entire neighborhoods. A court eviction also results in an permanent "eviction record" which can unfairly affect someone's ability to find an apartment.
Who Is Facing Eviction
Step into any Housing or District Court and you will see who is facing eviction in your community. According to research, women, families of color, and households with children face eviction in disproportionate numbers.
Unrepresented Tenants Are Vulnerable
In 2018, over 92% of tenants who faced eviction were unrepresented. When people come to court they are scared. The stakes are high. The eviction process moves quickly. And despite the efforts of judges and court staff, the high number of tenants without lawyers creates a process that can be unbalanced and unfair.
Assistance Can Make a Difference
Legal help and access to the right resources before a court eviction can prevent families from homelessness, prevent illegal or unnecessary evictions, prevent displacement, and create a path to housing stability.
Attorney Laticia Walker
"One eviction notice can quickly multiply into a series of losses that leaves people reeling. I see people losing their homes, their kids’ schools, their jobs, their communities, and all of their support systems. We can change this and turn one eviction notice at a time into a tenancy preserved."
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