News Story (New York)
Crain’s New York Business
March 27, 2019
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Tags: Civil Right to Counsel, Housing: Eviction
Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Services NYC (LSNYC)
Home evictions declined five times faster in city ZIP codes where tenants are eligible for free legal counsel than in similar ZIP codes where the program is not available, showed numbers released Monday by the Community Service Society of New York. Tenant advocacy groups said Tuesday that the numbers show the effectiveness of the city’s Right to Counsel law, which gives tenants with an income below 200% of the federal poverty level an attorney when facing eviction.
The city’s fiscal year 2018 budget provided $15 million to implement the program in 20 of the city’s more than 200 ZIP codes, with plans to expand the program to the entire city by 2022.