Statewide Right to Counsel

The Statewide Right to Counsel legislation is a part of the 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.

What is Statewide Right to Counsel?

Statewide Right to Counsel guarantees ALL tenants across New York State the right to a lawyer when facing an eviction! Click the links below to learn more about the Statewide Right to Counsel legislation:

TAKE ACTION: Call your Assembly Members and Senators TODAY and make sure they cosponsor this crucial legislation!

Join us to build a movement for Right to Counsel across New York State!

Statewide RTC Endorsement Form and Logo Upload (Requires Google Sign-In) 

Statewide RTC Endorsement Form (No Google Sign-In Required)


AARP New York

Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development (ANHD)

Astoria Tenants Union

Brooklyn Defender Services

Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A

CAMBA Legal Services

Catholic Migration Services

Citywide Tenant Union of Rochester

Community Action for Safe Apartments (CASA) - New Settlement

Community Resource Center of Larchmont and Mamaroneck

Crown Heights Tenant Union

Flatbush Tenant Coalition

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


Legal Services of Central New York, Inc.

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House 

Lifting Up Westchester, Inc.

LiveOn NY

Make the Road New York

Mount Vernon United Tenants

Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem

New York State Council of Churches

New York Legal Services Coalition

Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation (NMIC)

Program Design and Development, LLC

Safety Net Project - Urban Justice Center

St Nicks Alliance

Syracuse Tenant Union

The Bronx Defenders

United Neighbors Organization (UNO)

United Way of Westchester and Putnam


Westchester Children's Association

Westchester County Board of Legislators

Westchester Jewish Coalition for Immigration

Westchester Residential Opportunities, Inc.