Lawyers step up to defend people being evicted from Pittsburgh public housing 

The Pittsburgh office of international law firm Reed Smith recently began offering it’s services to people facing evictions from public housing. Since these cases are heard in civil and not criminal court, defendants are not entitled to a court-appointed lawyer. The team at Reed Smith works on a pro-bono basis to help clients file paperwork, create a solid case and remain housed.

Housing authorities operated by strict, HUD-defined rules that leave no room for error. Once an eviction from public housing is on a person’s record, they are banned from all public housing.

The work by the volunteer lawyers in Pittsburgh is a wonderful lifeline that will minimize unlawful evictions and reduce the number of new homeless.

As Illinois faces the elimination of supportive housing from it’s budget, it is nice to see people with power helping prevent injustices.

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