NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE) – The Association of Pro Bono Counsel (APBCo) and the Law Firm Antiracism Alliance (LFAA) are jointly responding to Attorney General Garland’s call for the legal profession to respond quickly to the housing crisis by preventing evictions and accessing available funds support to low-income tenants through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP).
Countless Americans are at risk of losing their homes as the pandemic continues and the effects of its economic fallout put home stability out of reach. Color communities are disproportionately affected by this crisis and historically underrepresented in landlord-tenant disputes. Legal services organizations are facing an overwhelming need for assistance as large-scale eviction efforts begin.
Law firms have an important opportunity to help legal services providers help recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and mitigate a housing crisis that would worsen exposure to COVID-19 and worsen the effects on people of color. The funding available through ERAP not only provides a critical lifeline for people at risk of eviction, but also provides rent for landlords who are also affected by the pandemic.
LFAA and APBCo are promptly seeking active engagement from law firms, their attorneys, and other professional staff to assist legal services organizations and provide free assistance to tenants eligible for ERAP funding. To facilitate this work, the organizations are offering nationwide training on September 2, 2021 to prepare lawyers to assist with ERAP applications. APBCo and LFAA will coordinate with legal services organizations across the country to offer resources to support their work related to eviction prevention. Together we will work to ensure equitable access to justice, especially for marginalized colored communities and other vulnerable people who have suffered devastating hardship during the pandemic and are now at increased risk of harm.
Organizations that need volunteers to assist with ERAP applications can complete this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/APBCoLFAA-ERA.
People interested in attending or viewing the ERAP training can register here: https://insights.skadden.com/57/2339/landing-pages/eviction-prevention.asp.
The Association of Pro Bono Counsel is a mission-driven membership organization of 285 attorneys and practice group leaders who practice pro bono practices in nearly 150 of the world’s largest law firms. APBCo’s mission is to maximize access to justice through the provision of pro bono legal services by advancing the full-time law firm model of pro bono advisors, supporting and enhancing and enhancing the professional development of pro bono attorneys A solid pro bono community is used as the voice of the law. Visit https://apbco.org/ or email email@example.com for more information.
The Law Firm Antiracism Alliance appoints, trains and mobilizes law firms to recognize and reduce structural and systemic racism in law. The LFAA supports the anti-racist pro bono work of almost 300 Alliance Firms, which are home to over 165,000 lawyers. Alliance Firms are located in all states of the USA as well as in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, South Africa and Great Britain. Visit https://www.lawfirmantiracismalliance.org/lfaacharter/Home for more information.