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PJC advocacy pivots to address COVID-19 crisis

April 9, 2020: With the spread of COVID-19, people face growing barriers to supporting their families and staying healthy: layoffs as businesses close, landlords who are threatening tenants with eviction and refusing to fix serious conditions of disrepair, lack of insurance and access to health care, and limited access to remote learning opportunities for students. The Public Justice Center is responding, continuing to advocate while working remotely. Here are a few ways we’re taking action:

Nonprofits are coming together to urge government officials at all levels to act quickly. The PJC and more than 170 organizations called on Maryland leaders to:

Our attorneys are focused on fighting for housing, employment, health, and education rights of our clients and communities in the wake of court, school, business, and Maryland General Assembly closures. We are:

We are monitoring the impact of local and state measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 to mitigate the effects on low-income and unemployed residents and prisoners. We are:

We are supporting the response of legal advocates across the country through the National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel. We are:

These are just a few of our early responses to a crisis that has magnified economic and racial inequities in our communities. We will continue to stand with workers, tenants, students, and others to change the systems and policies that keep people from thriving. Thank you for joining us in this critical work.