NYC Council Kicks Off Hearings On Free Counsel For Poor Tenants (Gothamist)
Gothamist, September 27, 2016
NYC Council Kicks Off Hearings On Free Counsel For Poor Tenants
The bill, known as Intro 214-a, would require the city to provide counsel to Housing Court defendants whose incomes are under 200 percent of the federal poverty line, which, according to 2016 data, would be $23,760 for a single person and $48,600 for a family of four. According to a study commissioned by the New York City Bar Association in March, this requirement would cover about 128,000 of the more than 150,000 tenants who face eviction in Housing Court each year.