PILI's Rapid Response Eviction Task Force
Are you in Illinois with an eviction or other civil (non-criminal) legal issue in need of legal help? Visit our resources page to learn how to get help.
Due to economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, a wave of eviction proceedings is expected to hit the courts when the eviction moratorium is lifted. PILI is launching its Rapid Response Eviction Task Force to provide brief legal services and to assist in the development of resources in response to the pending eviction crisis. Our goal is to assist tenants who cannot afford legal representation so will be representing themselves in court.
Please join PILI's Rapid Response Eviction Task Force. We are seeking pro bono attorneys to provide a range of services including:
- answer questions on Illinois Free Legal Answers;
- provide brief advice over the phone or virtually;
- aid in developing training materials for attorneys and resources for self-represented litigants;
- answer questions from other attorneys with less housing experience; and/or
- provide more extensive representation to clients.
Please consider volunteering no matter your housing or eviction experience, as we are seeking attorneys with various levels of experience.
As a member of the task force, you will receive special communications about how you can help, resources and trainings available for volunteers, and updates around housing law and policy as it changes. All volunteers will be provided with malpractice coverage.
When you volunteer, you help us know how many attorneys are available and how many clients we can help. While signing up for the task force does not include a specific volunteer commitment, we ask that you read emails and help when you can. We will also look to you, as a member of the Task Force, to help promote the site to attorney volunteers as well as those in need.
These services are funded via a partnership between the Illinois Department of Human Services and the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation.