Over the past few years, housing experts have found a disturbing pattern of high eviction rates in cities throughout the U.S. As a result, local governments, community organizations, and housing advocates have come together to try and combat this issue.

On Tue., March 12, the Philadelphia-based organization Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts (PMC) and 31st Magisterial District Judge Mik Pappas will try to empower Pittsburgh citizens with a Landlord-Tenant Town Hall.

As the Facebook event page points out, the Landlord-Tenant Town Hall was organized in response to concerns about access to affordable housing, particularly in Pittsburgh’s rapidly changing East End, where Black tenants feel especially pushed out by development in the wake of the highly contentious Penn Plaza demolition. Hosted by Pappas, the event, held at the Bloomfield Garfield Community Center, seeks to educate citizens on the legal process of eviction.

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