NO EVICTIONS, DEFEND YOUR RIGHTS!
On August 11, 2017, the Right to Counsel NYC Coalition won a 3-year hard fought campaign, making it a right to have an attorney when you face an eviction in housing court! #RTCNYC is a tool to build tenant power, challenge landlord intimidation and harassment and to build the movement to fight gentrification and displacement. This is a victory for all of New York and it's a huge step forward towards creating a more equitable and just city. It is also a testament to the power, strength and beauty of organizing. ¡Si se puede, si se pudo y si se podrá!
Right to Counsel will be implemented over the course of the next few years, by zip codes. By 2022, the right will extend to all income eligible New Yorkers. To find out if you live in one of the current RTC zips, to connect with legal services providers or to find a neighborhood based organizing group, go to: www.evictionfreenyc.org. Our work continues as we organize for a just implementation.
To find out more about how we won this right, go to our RTC Campaign Toolkit.
Are you inspired by this work? Then help support it! The law funds lawyers but not organizing. We are working hard to raise funds that go to fund the organizing work of neighborhood based community groups who are working to ensure that tenants know about and know how to use this important new right! Click here to donate now!
Overview of the RTCNYC Coalition:
The Right to Counsel NYC Coalition is made up of tenant organizing groups, tenant advocates, homeless advocates, senior advocates, disability advocates, academics, legal services organizations and more! We led the campaign that resulted in the passage of Local Law 136, which ensures that low-income tenants are represented in eviction cases by attorneys when they defend their rights and their homes. The Coalition is actively organizing and advocating while this law is being phased in.
Watch Our Powerful Video About Why NYC Needs RTC!