The Eviction Defense Project is a court-based FREE civil legal aid provider for low-income tenants facing eviction. The EDP is located in room 406 at the Milwaukee County Courthouse, 901 N. 9th St.
The EDP is offered from 12 – 3 p.m. (see attached schedule flyer and general schedule below) on a first-come, first-serve basis, so it is recommended participants arrive as early as possible to ensure they receive assistance.
“Eviction can be traumatizing and stressful, and I strongly recommend that individuals – and especially tenants with children – look into the Eviction Defense Project to see if its services can be of assistance,” Alderman Khalif J. Rainey said.
The EDP hours, days of operation and location are subject to change. The most up-to-date information will be available on Legal Action’s webpage (www.legalaction.org) and the EDP phone line.
Through its volunteer attorneys, the EDP provides limited scope brief legal services to tenants facing eviction. EDP volunteer attorneys are able to provide advice and counsel to help prepare clients for their return date, negotiate with the landlord or landlord’s attorney to reach settlement when appropriate, and provide in-court representation to clients in contested eviction proceedings. Please note that these services are limited to the day that the services are provided.
Tenants must visit the EDP in person to register for assistance. During intake, the EDP will determine whether a renter is eligible for project services and copies will also be made of any relevant documents. Tenants should bring all relevant documents to the EDP (e.g., summons/complaint, lease, receipts, notices, etc.). Upon completion of intake, clients will be asked to return to the waiting area where they will be called once a volunteer attorney becomes available.
The EDP is made possible through collaboration between Legal Action of Wisconsin, Legal Services Corporation, the Milwaukee Justice Center, Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinic, the Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee, Community Advocates, Quarles & Brady LLP, volunteer attorneys, and the support of the Circuit Court and the Clerk of Courts.
Eviction Defense Project
901 N. 9th St., Room 406
Hours: Mondays, Thursdays, and certain Wednesdays and Fridays 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Phone (Information Only): 414-278-7722