Restoring Justice: Oregon’s Housing Crisis

Meet two legal aid attorneys who are making a difference

Meet Becky Straus and Cyd Maurer.
This week we introduce you to two legal aid attorneys working hard to make sure that Oregonians facing eviction know that legal help is available.

It’s no secret that there is a housing crisis in Oregon.
Prior to the pandemic, Oregon was in the midst of an affordable housing crisis. The pandemic has only exacerbated that problem. In eviction cases, the majority of landlords have representation while very few tenants have legal help. Families who shouldn’t be losing their homes are finding themselves facing homelessness because they don’t know their rights.

Enter the Eviction Defense Project, a statewide effort to provide critical legal information to Oregon tenants who are facing eviction.

“We’re serving more clients than ever and helping them with their eviction cases,” says Straus, the managing attorney for the Eviction Defense Project. “Since the project started, almost every tenant who calls us is getting attorney advice, and, in most cases, representation on their case.”

This Thursday, we hear directly from Becky and Cyd, who talk more about the Eviction Defense Project, how it came to be, and what Oregon legal aid lawyers are doing to help tenants.

“It is vitally necessary that people help support attorneys who are doing this work,” says Maurer. “Without the support from Oregon’s attorneys, we could not do what we do. By supporting legal aid, you’re supporting low-income Oregonians who really need help.”

The Campaign for Equal Justice is grateful for the generous support of the Oregon legal community, and donors like you.

TUNE IN ON THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9 for our video featuring Becky and Cyd. You will learn more about the Eviction Defense Project and ways you can support it.

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