At court, tenants facing eviction find ‘heartbreak hallway’

HALLWAY LAW: Troy Lange, staff attorney for the Housing Law Center at Rhode Island Legal Services, works at the Eviction Help Desk outside District Court in Providence, ready to help low-income tenants unfamiliar with the legal proceedings. / PBN PHOTO/MARC LAROCQUE
HALLWAY LAW: Troy Lange, staff attorney for the Housing Law Center at Rhode Island Legal Services, works at the Eviction Help Desk outside District Court in Providence, ready to help low-income tenants unfamiliar with the legal proceedings. / PBN PHOTO/MARC LAROCQUE
The third-floor hallway of the Garrahy Judicial Complex in Providence was choked on a recent Thursday morning with tired-looking families, upset mothers with baby strollers and frustrated older couples. Three tables were set up, one with pro bono attorneys assisting tenants who were dealt eviction notices, another with a lawyer offering his services to property…

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