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WEB EXCLUSIVE Campbell Law was one of 99 law schools to respond to the Attorney General’s Call to Action to the Legal Profession to address the housing and eviction crisis.
Answering the White House and Department of Justice’s call to address the nationwide housing and eviction crisis are 99 law schools—including Raleigh’s own Campbell Law School.
As part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s “all-of-government approach” to help families keep their homes, Campbell Law is drawing on its resources such as pro bono and externship programs and clinical offerings to help struggling families avoid eviction through rental assistance application support, volunteering with legal aid providers, and helping courts implement eviction diversion programs—among other initiatives.
Campbell Law School is also working closely with Legal Aid of North Carolina’s Raleigh office to take landlord tenant cases pro bono this semester, and all of the students in the clinic class are reading Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond.
“We could not be more inspired that so many dedicated law students and clinical legal programs have risen to the call to provide legal services to hard-pressed families at risk of, too often, devastating evictions,” says Senior Advisor to the President and American Rescue Plan Coordinator Gene Sperling.
In addition to the law schools’ efforts, $25-$30 billion has been distributed to more than 3 million households in need as part of the American Rescue Plan Emergency Rental Assistance program, which has kept eviction filing rates below 60% of averages in a typical year.
“The housing crisis is a poverty and economic security issue because of the long-lasting effects that we know evictions have on families,” said Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta in a Zoom press conference a few months ago. “That’s why I have encouraged courts to adopt eviction diversion as an essential tool for keeping people in their homes and landlords to access rental assistance during the pandemic.”
So, thanks to the likes of schools like Campbell Law, we seem to be on the right track to ramificate this matter—but there’s still lots of work to be done.
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