The Housing Right to Counsel Pilot Project is a joint project of Bread for the City, the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, Legal Counsel for the Elderly, and the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center.   The Project is focused on using pro bono partnerships to significantly expand representation for tenants who live in subsidized housing and are facing eviction.  The guiding hand of counsel is particularly important in these cases, where eviction also can result in the loss of an invaluable housing subsidy, too often leading to a spiral into homelessness and hopelessness.

We applaud the firms that have stepped up to the challenge and have committed to the Project.  Pro bono attorneys at the participating firms have the opportunity to:

• Prevent a family from being evicted
• Protect a tenant’s right to safe and well-maintained housing
• Help a tenant preserve a valuable housing subsidy
• Keep a tenant and his/her family from entering into homelessness
• See a case through from start to finish
• Maintain the primary relationship with their client
• Develop critical lawyering skills
• Learn a new area of the law