A Housing Solution: Lawyers for Tenants

In the face of dire circumstances — like being tossed from your home into the street — you need a lawyer.

Editorial (New York)

New York Times (NYT)
February 15, 2017

Tags: Civil Right to Counsel, Housing: Eviction


That’s why it was so important that the New York City Council and Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Sunday a big increase in funding for legal services for tenants facing eviction in housing court.

The city already spends $62 million annually on civil legal services for tenants, as part of Mr. de Blasio’s larger push to preserve New York’s housing affordability. (In an age of skyrocketing rents, keeping people from losing their homes can be as important as building new moderately priced apartments.) Mr. de Blasio would increase that amount each year over the next five years — from an additional $15 million in the 2018 fiscal year to an additional $93 million in the 2022 fiscal year, for a total of $155 million that year.