The CDC’s eviction moratorium, previously extended one month by the Biden administration, is set to expire next week on July 31. This could be catastrophic for families and communities around the country as renters find themselves without stable housing—and, in many cases, without recourse.
Advocates for fair housing have argued that “right to counsel” programs for tenants would reduce evictions and establish needed protections for renters. Earlier this week, Milwaukee County signed Right to Counsel Milwaukee into law, a county-wide program for residents facing eviction or foreclosure that gives them access to no-cost legal representation.
Today on the show, guest host Tonya Brito is joined by Supervisor Ryan Clancy, co-author of Milwaukee’s right to counsel proposal, and John Pollock from the National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel to learn more about their work fighting for tenants’ right to counsel in Milwaukee and nationwide—and why it’s important to sustain these programs long after the COVID crisis.
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