Evictions Are Down by 18%; New York City Cites Increased Legal Services

Evictions in New York City dropped last year to their lowest level in a decade. Efforts to provide more civil legal aid to renters cited as one reason that is preventing New Yorkers from becoming homeless.
News Story (New York)

Mireya Navarro
New York Times (NYT)
February 29, 2016

Tags: Civil Right to Counsel, Housing: Eviction

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Services NYC (LSNYC)


Evictions dropped in 2014, though only by 6.9 percent. Before then, the number had climbed every year since 2005, reaching a peak in 2013, when 28,849 evictions were carried out.

The city has allocated nearly $46 million for legal services for tenants in the last two years, and the money appears to be having the intended effect, officials said.

“The money the city put in for lawyers is working,” said Justice Fern A. Fisher, who oversees Housing Court as the deputy chief administrative judge for the New York City courts.

Efforts by the Human Resources Administration to accelerate emergency rental assistance to people who are in danger of becoming homeless have also helped, she said, echoing tenant lawyers and landlord groups.