Grade the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty gives the US for access to counsel in housing cases: F

In its 2012 Human Right to Housing Report Card, the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty notes that in the US, “no court anywhere as of yet has recognized a right to counsel in housing matters such as evictions and foreclosures,” even though, according to the United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty & Human Rights, countries must “ensure access to free and competent civil legal assistance for persons living in poverty where the enjoyment of human rights — civil, political, economic, social and/or cultural — is at stake.”

Access to Justice Fact of the Week (Jan. 11, 2013)

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