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Equitable Implementation of Tenant Protections

Healthy Neighborhoods
EI Episode 2: Right to Counsel

Why are right-to-counsel laws an important tool to advance housing justice?

This webinar explores the complexities and challenges of equitable implementation, with a focus on tenant protections and right to counsel — the legal right to have access to a publicly funded attorney when facing the loss of basic human needs. While right-to-counsel laws can increase tenants' access to justice, they are only as strong as the underlying tenant rights framework. Our panel highlights national efforts as well as local programs that have made strides in protecting tenants’ rights.

This is the second episode in our series Equitable Implementation of Healthy Housing Policies,​ which illustrates how an equitable implementation framework can be used across key issue areas to promote access to safe, stable, and affordable housing.


  • John Pollock, coordinator, National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel 
  • Zachary Hale, senior staff attorney, group representation specialist, Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A
  • Hugo Ramirez, community development program manager, San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development
  • Wesley Hartman, attorney, ChangeLab Solutions (moderator)
  • Melissa Marichal Zayas, attorney, ChangeLab Solutions (moderator)