Eviction Drop Fuels Push to Expand Free Housing Help for Low-Income NYC Tenants

Evictions dropped by nearly 20% last year in neighborhoods where low-income tenants received free, city-funded legal services, a new analysis found.

News Story (New York)

Yoav Gonen
The City (NYC)
February 24, 2020

Tags: Housing: Eviction, Housing: Right to Counsel


The reduction came in 20 zip codes targeted by the city’s 2017 Right to Counsel law, which is slated to expand free housing court legal services citywide by 2022.

Over the first two years of the program, evictions in the covered neighborhoods fell by a combined 29% — from 4,355 to 3,105, according to the analysis by the nonprofit Community Service Society.

Evictions decreased citywide by roughly 18% over the same time period — to about 16,200, according to the analysis. That’s down from a recent peak of nearly 29,000 evictions conducted by city marshalls in 2013, then-Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s last year in office.