District of Columbia’s Civil Legal Counsel Projects Program Evaluation

Status: current

Project Purpose: The District of Columbia enacted legislation that established the Civil Legal Counsel Projects Program (CLCPP) to fund the provision of legal assistance to low-income DC residents facing eviction. The statute also mandates an evaluation of the program. CLCPP grants, administered by the DC Bar Foundation, were awarded to six legal services providers that formed a collaborative eviction defense network. In 2019, NPC Research began working with the DC Bar Foundation to design and conduct an evaluation of the CLCPP. Study goals are to understand, improve, and sustain legal services for low-income tenants in DC.

Project Design: The evaluation uses mixed methods to assess (1) program implementation, including an ongoing assessment of which tenants receive assistance and which types of service, from legal information to representation, are provided to whom, and (2) program impacts, including the extent to which tenants are able to remain in their homes and, when applicable, retain their housing subsidies. In addition to evaluating the CLCPP services and case outcomes, NPC is also studying the viability of a network approach for a civil legal services context and Landlord and Tenant Court.

Funding Source: DC Bar Foundation

Start Date: February 2019


NPC Project Team

Principal Investigator

Kelly Jarvis, Ph.D.


Project Director

Shannon Davidson, Ph.D.


Project Staff

David Reinitz, B.A.

Timothy Ho, Ph.D.