Actually, the decision isn't "free" at all . . . It's subsidized by Kansas City taxpayers without a vote from the public.
We don't have any respect for slumlords here at TKC but KCMO offering legal aid when so many other basic services go ignored is just another slap in the face to the working-class.
The punchline here is that 'you get what you pay for' and the soon-to-be homeless might be unhappily surprised to discover that this "funding" is just another jobs program for out-of-work bottom feeder lawyers who stand up for the current administration via social media.
Here are more deets . . .
"A previous pilot program funded by Kansas City showed that the vast majority of renters who received legal representation were not evicted. The newly-approved ordinance would provide representation to tenants, regardless of income."
Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com news link . . .
Renters facing eviction in Kansas City will have access to free legal representation by the summer. The Kansas City Council voted unanimously on Thursday to create a program that would offer attorneys to tenants, regardless of income.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City, Missouri, City Council approved an Thursday called "Tenants' Right to Counsel" that will provide free legal assistance to renters fighting eviction. "It will also benefit and provide fairness in the system for everyone for tenants and landlords because it provides some professionalism and balance in the justice system," said Councilmember Andrea Bough.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Renters will have new rights beginning next year. Kansas City Council members approved a bill Thursday that establishes a right to counsel. The move guarantees free legal representation for people facing eviction in all landlord-tenant cases. Cheers erupted inside the council chambers after the ordinance passed.
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