New York City was the first city to guarantee lawyers to most low-income tenants facing eviction. Ashley Dejean, New York Becomes First City to Guarantee Lawyers to Tenants Facing Eviction, Mother Jones, Aug. 11, 2017.. When fully in force, the law will provide legal services to tenatns facing eviction who make below 200 percent of the federal poverty line. The program will be phased in over a five-year period.
San Francisco voters passed Proposition F on June 5, 2018 that would require the city to establish, fund, and run a program to provide legal representation for all residential tenants in San Francisco facing eviction regardless of their income. Adam Brinklow, SF voters guarantee lawyers for evicted tenants: Proposition F passes with more than 55 percent of the vote, Curbed: San Francisco, Jun. 7, 2018.