Statewide Right to Counsel

Our statewide Right to Counsel legislation Right to Counsel for ALL is part of our Housing Courts Must Change! (HCMC) Campaign, a statewide campaign launched in 2020 to transform the courts from an “eviction machine” to a place that upholds tenants’ rights, holds landlords accountable, and enables tenants to remain in their homes. Our goals, during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, include slowing down eviction cases and expanding Right to Counsel across New York State, so ALL tenants have and know about their rights and are emboldened to organize and fight to stop evictions.

Right to Counsel for ALL (A7570 / S6678) strengthens Right to Counsel in NYC and guarantees EVERY tenant across New York State the right to a lawyer when facing eviction! This crucial legislation would:

✅ Apply to ALL tenants facing eviction.

✅ Cover ANY case that could result in a tenant losing their housing.

✅ Require the courts, judges, and landlords to ensure that tenants know about and can use their Right to Counsel.


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ENDORSERS

AARP New York

Anti-Eviction Mapping Project NYC

Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE)

Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development (ANHD)

Association of Legal Aid Attorneys (ALAA) - UAW Local 2325

Astoria Tenants Union

Brooklyn Community Services

Brooklyn Defender Services

Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A

CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities

CAMBA Legal Services

Catholic Migration Services

Center for Elder Law and Justice

Center for the Independence of the Disabled, New York

Churches United for Fair Housing

Citywide Tenant Union of Rochester

Communities Resist

Community Action for Safe Apartments (CASA) - New Settlement

Community Resource Center of Larchmont and Mamaroneck

Community Service Society of New York

Crown Heights Tenant Union

District Council 37 Municipal Employees Legal Services

Empire Justice Center

Erie County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project

Fifth Avenue Committee

Flatbush Development Corporation

Flatbush Tenant Coalition

For the Many

Frank H. Hiscock Legal Aid Society

Fund for the Modern Courts

Goddard Riverside Law Project

Housing Conservation Coordinators

Housing Court Answers

Housing for All

Housing Help Incorporated

Housing Justice for All

Hudson Catskill Housing Coalition

Hudson Valley Justice Center

Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness and Housing

John Jay College Institute for Justice and Opportunity

JustCause

JustFix

Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo, Inc.

Legal Services of Central New York, Inc.

Legal Services of the Hudson Valley's Staff Attorney Association, National Organization of Legal Service Workers, Local 2320

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House 

Lifting Up Westchester, Inc.

LiveOn NY

Long Island Housing Services, Inc.

Long Island Progressive Coalition

Los Sures

Make the Road New York

Metropolitan Council on Housing

Mobilization for Justice

Mount Vernon United Tenants

National Organization of Legal Services Workers, Legal Services Staff Association (LSSA) - UAW Local 2320

Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem

Neighborhood Preservation Coalition

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

New York State Council of Churches

New York Legal Services Coalition

Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation (NMIC)

Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition (NWBCCC)

NYC-DSA Housing Working Group

Program Design and Development, LLC

Rockland Housing Action Coalition, Inc.

Safety Net Project - Urban Justice Center

St Nicks Alliance

Syracuse Tenants Union

TakeRoot Justice

The Alternative to Economic and Housing Displacement Inc.

The Bronx Defenders

The Legal Aid Society (NYC)

The Legal Aid Society of Rochester

United Neighbors Organization (UNO)

United Tenants of Albany

United Way of Westchester and Putnam

VOCAL-NY

Volunteer Lawyers Project of Central New York, Inc.

Warpaint Project, Inc.

Westchester Children's Association

Westchester County Board of Legislators

Westchester Jewish Coalition for Immigration

Westchester Residential Opportunities, Inc.

Woodside on the Move

 

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