Right to Counsel for Evictions in Connecticut
On Monday, January 31, 2022, Connecticut became the second state in the country to launch a statewide Right to Counsel (RTC) program that will make attorneys available to eligible tenants at risk of eviction. The Connecticut Bar Foundation is administering the program and is working with the state’s legal service providers to begin RTC in fourteen neighborhoods across eight municipalities. The first locations were selected because they are eviction hot spots in Connecticut, with about 25% of eviction filings statewide brought against tenants in those neighborhoods. The program will expand service areas over the next two years, assuming funding is continued.
The Connecticut Bar Foundation has partnered with the organization Stout for evaluation services to help examine the impact of the of the program.
Our lab will be supporting this evaluation piece by conducting qualitative interviews with stakeholders and CT residents who are experiencing and eviction.