Faculty Advisor

Doyle, James K.

Faculty Advisor

Rissmiller, Kent J.

Abstract

This project is one of three studies sponsored by the Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts LACCM) to evaluate the effectiveness of their proposed web-based (livejustice.org) method of delivering free legal aid to low-income and elderly tenants. The goal of the study was to collect and evaluate base-line data on tenants facing eviction in Worcester County. Surveys and archival records were used to gather information on variables such as whether tenants obtained access to legal services, whether they were represented by counsel, their level of knowledge, and the outcome of eviction cases. From our results we noticed that the tenants' biggest problem was their lack of legal knowledge. Therefore we recommended that LACCM try to increase the tenant's understanding of their legal right.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2002

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Social Science and Policy Studies

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