Entries by agirouard

New Massachusetts Law Continues Essential Protections for Tenants

On June 15, 2021 – the very day that tenant protections in Chapter 257 were set to end – the state legislature voted to extend them. The following day, Governor Baker signed the legislation into law. The new law, Chapter 20 of the Acts of 2021, continues the Chapter 257 requirement that courts pause non-payment […]

New Presidential Order Aims to Expand Access to Legal Help

Last week, President Biden signed a Presidential Memorandum to expand access to legal representation and the courts. “Timely and affordable access to the legal system can make all the difference in a person’s life—including by keeping an individual out of poverty, keeping an individual in his or her home, helping an unaccompanied child seek asylum, […]

Struggling to afford the internet? Emergency benefit now available

Due to the move to Zoom court proceedings during the pandemic, lack of internet access or internet-connected devices has prevented access to justice for countless low-income people across the Commonwealth. Many people are unable to log into court hearings, struggle to present evidence to support their case, or are unable to participate at all in […]

De Novo Helps Tenant Dodge Disaster at the 11th Hour

“The threat of eviction… particularly during these scary, unprecedented times has been one of the most difficult challenges I’ve ever had to face. Going up against a legal system on your own can seem daunting and overwhelming, but Attorney Emily Dasey not only immersed herself entirely in my case but was able to get results immediately.”

MetroWest Legal Services Fights for a Mother and Son

At the start of the COVID pandemic, Allan had no place to go. He had received an eviction Notice to Quit after missing two months of rent and left to avoid court action. Allan had lived with his mother, Sarah, in her apartment a few years ago, so Sarah decided that he should move back […]

Community Legal Aid is Keeping Survivors Housed

With 1 in 5 Massachusetts residents reporting domestic violence as a reason for their homelessness, collaborations between domestic violence organizations and legal aid can keep survivors housed. Recently, the New England Learning Center for Women in Transition (NELCWIT), the sexual and domestic violence crisis center in Franklin County, referred a case to Community Legal Aid […]