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June 14, 2019

Philadelphia Bar Association Statement on Passage of City Budget with $1.5 Million for Low-Income Tenant Legal Defense

Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Rochelle M. Fedullo released the following statement in reaction to yesterday’s passage by the Philadelphia City Council of the fiscal year 2020 budget, including $1.5 million for a low-income tenant legal defense fund:

“The Philadelphia Bar Association commends the Philadelphia City Council for including $1.5 million in the city’s fiscal year 2020 budget for a legal defense fund to represent low-income tenants facing eviction.

We’re immensely proud of the report by Stout Risius Ross, LLC, that we commissioned and released in 2018, which found that by funding counsel for low-income tenants facing eviction, the city would realize significant savings in shelter, mental health and other services.

The City Council’s commitment to fund representation of low-income tenants facing eviction makes our city a better place to live for all Philadelphians.”

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