The ABA is working with the White House on a new initiative to protect renters and homeowners who remain affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and related economic instability.

On Wednesday, the White House Summit on Eviction Prevention will bring together local government, judicial, legal and community leaders from 50 cities to develop strategies to provide vulnerable families access to counsel, divert evictions and connect renters and landlords to resources.

“It is essential that lawyers and court systems step up to help prevent housing loss among struggling families and stabilize small property owners,” said ABA President Patricia Lee Refo in a June 25 news release. “They have a critical role to help ensure that rental assistance gets distributed to landlords and tenants it was intended to protect.”

The White House, which is also collaborating with the Legal Services Corp. and the National Conference of Bar Presidents, announced the summit and other initiatives to help state and local governments prevent evictions June 24.”

This article was originally posted in the ABA Journal.

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