(CNN) —In 2013, Nicole, a 26-year-old single mother in Chicago, represented herself in eviction court. She thought she was agreeing to pay the rent so she could stay in her home, only to find out later she had agreed to an order awarding her landlord possession of the only decent housing she could afford.
She could have lost everything, but she didn’t. After taking on her case, the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago appealed and won; Nicole and her two young children could stay in their home. She was lucky: Cases such as hers persist across the country, and […]