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We're Helping 'Unlock the Courthouse Doors' for Tenants Facing Eviction

Public Counsel is one of four prominent legal groups awarded $8.4 million over three years to provide legal representation and other assistance to 15,000 people facing eviction in some of Los Angeles’ poorest neighborhoods.

The unprecedented program involving Public Counsel, Neighborhood Legal Services, Inner City Law Center and the Legal Aid Foundation is the largest of seven pilot projects to win funding. The Judicial Council of California approved the projects on April 29.

The awards come less than two years after California passed the Sargent Shriver Civil Counsel Act, recognizing the importance of counsel in civil cases where fundamental human needs are at stake.

“By passing the Shriver Act, California took a bold step to unlock the courthouse doors,” said Public Counsel President and CEO Hernán Vera.

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