Housing Working Group
In 2010, the Housing Working Group is focusing on monitoring and developing studies that will establish the economic and societal benefits of providing representation in eviction and mortgage foreclosure defense cases Philadelphia has been selected by NPC Research of Portland, Oregon, to serve as a research site for a national study that will be developed, contingent upon securing funding, on the effects of providing counsel for tenants in civil eviction cases. The Housing Working Group is also monitoring a study that is being conducted by The Reinvestment Fund of the Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program. The Housing Working Group is also exploring a possible pilot project addressing the unmet housing needs of the elderly in Philadelphia. The first step is to gather data and determine what gaps exist in the system. Additional research is being conducted to identify other holistic pilot projects involving the elderly that could serve as a model for an appropriate program in Philadelphia.