Cities back Right to Counsel

Annette Duke, Mass. Law Reform Institute

TUESDAY, AUGUST 18, 2020—Twenty-one Mayors and Managers across the state have sent Governor Baker a letter urging him to dedicate $6 million in funding to start an emergency right to counsel pilot program and signal that this is part the Commonwealth’s strategy to preserve tenancies and stabilize people’s housing. As the letter - delivered by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council - stated: "Time is needed to scale up a right to counsel pilot. With the eviction moratorium in place at least until October 17, 2020, every day is important so that we can be ready."

The letter was signed by Mayors and Managers from Amherst, Arlington, Attleboro, Boston, Brockton, Brookline, Cambridge, Chelsea, Danvers, Framingham, Holyoke, Lawrence, Lynn, Malden, Northampton, Pittsfield, Salem, Somerville, Winthrop, and Worcester.