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How to Solve the Housing Crisis: More Lawyers (Bloomberg)

Bloomberg, April 8, 2016

How to Solve the Housing Crisis: More Lawyers

Dillard was lucky enough to find free legal help through a local aid program and settled with the landlord. “If I went in without an attorney, I would have been in a shelter,” he said. That, the New York City Bar Association says, is precisely the point. The solution to a homelessness crisis that has accompanied the drop in affordable housing is to hire more lawyers: Give poor renters an attorney, and landlords will more likely settle eviction cases. Homelessness will fall, and the strain on city services will be relieved

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