House Democratic Policy Committee to hold virtual hearing Friday on legal aid for tenants facing eviction

HARRISBURG, Oct. 6 – State Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, announced today that the House Democratic Policy Committee will hold a public hearing on legal aid for tenants facing evictions.

The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 9. The media and public can watch the livestream at

Requested by state Reps. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila; Morgan Cephas, D-Phila.; and Sara Innamorato, D-Allegheny; the hearing will collect testimony from policy experts as they work on legislation to provide legal aid for tenants. Testifiers and legislators will speak remotely.

Testifiers will include: 

  • Patrick Cicero, executive director, Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network.
  • John Pollock, staff attorney, Public Justice Center.
  • Sam Chenkin, founder, Reclaim The Sector.
  • Rasheedah Phillips, managing attorney of housing policy, Community Legal Services Inc.
  • Bob Damewood, staff attorney, Regional Housing Legal Services.
  • Kevin Quisenberry, legislative director, Community Justice Project.
  • A. Michael Snyder, chancellor, Philadelphia Bar Association.
  • Catherine Carr, civil gideon and access to justice task force co-chair, Philadelphia Bar Association.

Following the hearing, testimonies and full hearing video will be posted at