How Columbus lawyers have joined the effort to stem evictions
Every day in Central Ohio, an average of 75 people are told they face eviction.
So far, the area is on pace to match last year’s 18,000 filings. While a number of nonprofits and local agencies have been pushing to stem the tide, area lawyers also are working to expand representation for people who often have to navigate unfamiliar court proceedings.
The Ohio State Legal Services Association, a nonprofit group founded by the Ohio State Bar Association to help people without means, has 34 attorneys, including two specifically working with those facing eviction. But each can see five or six cases a day, said Stephanie Harris, development director for the legal services association.
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