Gerry, a recipient of free legal aid from Colorado Legal Services, speaks at a press conference announcing the launch of Denver's first Eviction Legal Defense Pilot.
Denver's first Eviction Legal Defense Pilot is now underway. Thirteen City Council members collectively donated $131,500 to the new fund, which will provide legal services to income qualified families facing eviction. The free legal help, provided by Colorado Legal Services and other legal providers, has two goals — help those facing eviction stay housed or reduce the barriers for evicted tenants to find future housing. Research indicates Denver tenants are represented by an attorney in only 1-3% of the cases involving major landlords, while landlords were represented in virtually 100% of the same cases. Providing legal representation will help to level the playing field between renters and landlords. The pilot is expected to last six to nine months, during which time it is expected to serve around 200 households.
Tenants in Denver who have been served with a notice, have received court papers or have a housing problem should contact Colorado Legal Services right away at 303-837-1313/1321 ext 444 or online at coloradolegalservices.org. Colorado Legal Services will generally be able to serve households earning up to 200% of the Federal Poverty Level based on their family size, as well as elders of any income.