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    1 day ago

    With just one wrong word in the lengthy and convoluted eviction paperwork, folks can find themselves homeless. Factoring in the lack of access to legal aid for low-income individuals, and you'll find tenants often choose to vacate their homes rather than stand trial in court to protect their credit.

    Over the past two years, dozens of housing advocates and attorneys in Los Angeles have volunteered their time to create a "Tenant Power Toolkit" for low-income families and individuals facing eviction.

    While the creators emphasize that the Tenant Power Toolkit is no substitution for a lawyer, the bilingual website, which resembles a tax-return-filing software, produces a legal document tenants can present in court. It asks questions specific to eviction type and location, aiming to invoke defenses tenants may not have even been aware of.

    The prototype was put together on a "shoestring" budget, and the group hopes to attract more robust funding in the future. In the meantime, advocates will continue to push for tenants to be granted a legal right to representation in court.

    Click the link below to access the toolkit yourself.

    abolition-tools.debtcollective.org/run/eviction/#/1
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    With just one wrong word in the lengthy and convoluted eviction paperwork, folks can find themselves homeless. Factoring in the lack of access to legal aid for low-income individuals, and youll find tenants often choose to vacate their homes rather than stand trial in court to protect their credit.
Over the past two years, dozens of housing advocates and attorneys in Los Angeles have volunteered their time to create a Tenant Power Toolkit for low-income families and individuals facing eviction.
While the creators emphasize that the Tenant Power Toolkit is no substitution for a lawyer, the bilingual website, which resembles a tax-return-filing software, produces a legal document tenants can present in court. It asks questions specific to eviction type and location, aiming to invoke defenses tenants may not have even been aware of.
The prototype was put together on a shoestring budget, and the group hopes to attract more robust funding in the future. In the meantime, advocates will continue to push for tenants to be granted a legal right to representation in court.
Click the link below to access the toolkit yourself.
https://abolition-tools.debtcollective.org/run/eviction/#/1
    2 days ago

    As you may have heard, the executive team at Housing Matters had the honor of attending the 2022 National Alliance to End Homelessness Conference in Washington DC.

    The team met inspiring leaders from across the nation, learned best practices from communities who have ended chronic homelessness, and heard about ways to urge Congress to support those made most vulnerable by homelessness.

    We'll share videos from our executive team in the upcoming week about their key takeaways from the conference. Stay tuned!
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    3 days ago

    Don't forget to sign up for our next community tour this Thursday, August 11th from 10-11am. Register now to learn how Housing Matters supports people experiencing homelessness on and off our campus. Link in bio! ... See MoreSee Less

    Dont forget to sign up for our next community tour this Thursday, August 11th from 10-11am. Register now to learn how Housing Matters supports people experiencing homelessness on and off our campus. Link in bio!