The Right to Counsel NYC coalition is calling on Mayor Eric Adams to triple the amount of his proposed 2024 budget that pays lawyers to represent indigent tenants in housing court cases.
Catholic Migration Services is part of an effort advocating for free lawyers in housing court, which is guaranteed by law in NYC for qualifying tenants facing eviction. But now, 17,000 litigants who qualify for the service still don’t have one — but their cases are moving forward in court anyway.
Leaders from three national Catholic organizations want the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s current eviction moratorium to continue for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A moratorium on housing evictions announced Sept. 1 by President Donald Trump will keep thousands of Americans in their homes through the end of the year, but critics say it would only delay a housing catastrophe for a few months.