We are so excited to announce that Right to Counsel for NYCHA tenants facing a termination of tenancy (administrative) proceeding at 803 Atlantic Ave, has now begun!!! To phase it in for NYCHA tenants, the city is starting with seniors. NYCHA tenants, age 62+ may be eligible for an attorney! And remember, all NYCHA tenants who have eviction cases in Housing Court, regardless of age, have the right to an attorney if they live in a current RTC zip code.
For more information about how this works now, please see the updated Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) on our website, or enter your information online at: www.evictionfreenyc.org.
The implementation of Right to Counsel is constantly evolving! We will continue to update our website and resources as the implementation of the law progresses.
After introducing our new bill last month, we are officially launching our "Right to Counsel, Power to Organize" campaign, calling for legislation (Intro 1104 and Intro 1529) to be passed to expand NYC's current Right to Counsel (RTC) law. We want to ensure that nearly all tenants facing an eviction have RTC and know about it. Sign our petition to Mayor DeBlasio now!Read more
What a powerful week! During our Worst Evictors Week of Action, we did 4 actions, where hundreds of tenants spoke their truth, claimed their power, named their landlords, the banks that fund them and the lawyers that represent them. We served landlords with eviction notices on the street, in the court and in their offices. We stormed their offices and canvassed their buildings. We are powerful.
If you haven't already, make sure to check out our new Worst Evictors NYC website, which includes our worst evictors list, eviction maps, organizing tools and more!
Check out some great media coverage below!
We Won't Stop Until NYC is Eviction Free!Read more
The Right to Counsel NYC Coalition is currently accepting applications for a Communications Intern. Please see the internship description here and contact us!
The Right to Counsel NYC Coalition led the fight to make it a right to have a lawyer if you face an eviction in NYC. After a three-year, tenant-led campaign, we passed our Right to Counsel law in August 2017, making NYC the first in the nation to guarantee this right. We continue to organize for a just implementation and expansion of the law. Our coalition is made up of tenants, tenant organizers, legal service organizations, academics, and more.
We are seeking a Communications Intern to join our talented team. This internship provides hands-on learning of the communications, campaign, and coalition work happening within NYC’s tenant movement. Learn more and apply here!
Our press conference is TODAY! Join us at City Hall at 11:45am!
(Tell the security guards that you are there for the noon press conference with Council Members Mark Levine and Vanessa Gibson).
Don't miss it! We will have 5 tenant leaders sharing their stories about the importance of organizing, and how they are organizing in their buildings to fight evictions, harassment, and neglected repairs. Learn more and RSVP here.
Can't make it? We will be going Facebook Live so you can be there in spirit! Check out our Facebook page at noon to watch the press conference.
Since we launched the Tenant Movement History Timeline and the Curriculum, hundreds of New Yorkers have used it to learn and strategize together! If you haven't been to a workshop yet, there are two more opportunities in April!
Friday, April 5, 2-5pm at 40 Worth Street, RSVP Here
Saturday, April 27, 2-5pm at Bluestockings, 172 Allen Street. RSVP here.
Check out out the tenant movement history timeline and the curriculum here!
Randy Dillard, a tenant leader at Community Action for Safer Apartments (CASA) in the Bronx, spoke to WNYC about a new report that found Right to Counsel (RTC) has been a powerful tool in stopping evictions in its first year.
Listen to the interview here:
When we fought for a Right to Counsel (RTC), we knew that more tenants could stay in their homes if they had lawyers to fight their eviction cases. Today, a new analysis confirms that with RTC in effect just over a year, the law has been a powerful tool in stopping evictions!Read more