This week the Housing Justice Working Group of the Boulder Democratic Socialists of America released a report highlighting the hardships faced by Boulder renters summonsed to eviction court. The report includes data collected at eviction court hearings in Boulder County in 2019, an overview of the eviction process, and background on the national eviction crisis.
It also connects Boulder’s No Eviction Without Representation initiative to the national Right to Counsel (RTC) movement. Developed in response to the housing crisis, renters, activists, and politicians in the RTC movement have won the right to legal representation in eviction court for millions of people across six US cities. The report concludes that there is a dramatic imbalance of power in Boulder’s housing court, with only 2% of local renters being able to access legal representation. It recommends NEWR Boulder as the “strongest response” to this problem. Read the report in full below: