Thania’s landlord overcharged her and then moved to evict her for rent she did not owe. LSC grantee Legal Services of New York City (Manhattan Legal Services) provided her much-needed legal help.
Many people with high housing costs are not able to get the legal help they need.
Low-income Americans with high housing costs did not receive any or enough legal help for 95% of their civil legal problems in the past year.
The 2022 Justice Gap Measurement Survey showed that 84% of low-income households with high housing costs experienced at least one civil legal problem in the past year, and 49% experienced at least five. The most common types of problems related to consumer issues, health care, income maintenance, and housing. Low-income Americans with high housing costs sought legal help for 21% of the problems that substantially affected them.
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* High housing costs are defined as spending more than half (50%) of household income on rent, mortgage, and utilities.