On City Council’s Agenda: Legal Assistance for Tenants [Updated]

City Council at its Tuesday, May 16th 7pm meeting will discuss whether to fund a housing rights legal services program for tenants. We brought the idea to the city because residents who rent can find ourselves on the wrong end of an eviction notice or subject to harassment by the landlord. City Council recognized the need! If this proposed $60,000 grant is supported we will finally have some access to free legal advice when we need it.

The first step is City Council review tonight, Tuesday May 16th at 7pm. (Here is the agenda.) Because this is a late addition to the annual Community Assistance Grant Fund program, Council may refer it to Human Relations Commission next Monday, May 18th at 9AM, to review proposals from three organizations that responded to the city’s call.

Consider dropping City Council an email or just show up to City Hall tonight to speak up on item G-1 (Housing Rights Legal Services). Here is the City Council staff report FYI.

Update: City Council did approve this legal services program to the tune of $60,000. Bet Tzedek was the bidder chosen for the program. Consultations will be open to both landlords and tenants. In a sign of the city’s commitment, Mayor Bosse suggested that the city pony up $60,000 for the service, which is more than 14 of the 18 Community Assistance Grant Fund proposals up for consideration.