New York City takes on evictions

Legal help is crucial for New Yorkers who don't understand the complexities of the city's housing law. As many protections as there are for renters, there are ways of trying to get around them.
News Story (New York)

Noel King
October 16, 2015

Tags: Housing: Eviction

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Services NYC (LSNYC), South Brooklyn Legal Services


Evictions are a problem across New York City. Around one third of New York families in homeless shelters are there because they’ve been evicted. Accordingly, non-profit legal services groups were thrilled when Mayor Bill de Blasio announced he was committing an additional $12.3 million to a handful of agencies to help them bolster staff and resources to prevent evictions.

“It’s enormously helpful to the tenants whose evictions we’re going to prevent,” said Raun Rasmussen, the Executive Director of Legal Services NYC. “We think it’s a fantastic thing, a fantastic opportunity to increase services.”