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After years of Kansas City housing advocates pushing to address the problem, the city launched its new right-to-counsel program on June 1, where 12 attorneys from Heartland, the UMKC Truman Fellows program and Legal Aid of Eastern Missouri are now dedicated to representing people like Shabbaz.
Since the program went into effect on June 1, the attorneys collectively have taken on 139 new cases. And now, no Kansas City resident has to face an eviction without an attorney.
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Kansas City's eviction legal service helps nearly 150 residents in first month * Missouri Independent
All of the adults have low-wage jobs. This past fall, one of them abruptly lost their job, and the household fell behind on rent. "Once you get behind on something, it is extremely hard to catch up because... you still have your new bills that are coming in," she said.