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ArchCity Defenders Releases Next ‘Know Your Rights’ Guide

May 18, 2021


Our #ProSeSTL campaign is back with a brand new “know your rights” guide! The 32-page illustrated guide entitled “Representing Yourself When Facing Eviction” is intended to equip people with information on how to defend and represent themselves if their landlord files an eviction lawsuit against them. This housing rights guide covers different types of eviction lawsuits, how to best prepare for court, tips for speaking with your landlord or their attorney, representing yourself at trial, and what options people have based on the possible outcomes in a case. It also includes helpful information such as resources for utility and rental assistance, phone numbers and locations of local courts, a sample court summons, and a glossary of legal terms.

We’ve authored this guide as part of our ongoing housing advocacy efforts. In the past year, thousands of St. Louisans have had to navigate stressful legal matters without attorneys, with limited legal knowledge, and while trying to figure out how to represent themselves over the phone or behind a screen. In the St. Louis region, as the local and federal eviction moratoriums are expiring, thousands of people are at risk of being evicted from their homes.

View, download, or print your own guide by visiting

Special thanks to our amazing illustrator, Noah Jodice, for his collaboration with us on this highly anticipated project and public resource.


May 18, 2021
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