After a difficult, two-year battle to protect the courageous seniors at the Prospect Park Residence, in May 2016, the lawyers for the seniors have announced a settlement that will provide time and money, allowing the seniors the opportunity and the means to relocate to appropriate housing. Unfortunately, the landlord refused to comply with the settlement and make a deposit of the money needed to allow the residents to relocate. After The Legal Aid Society, MFY Legal Services and Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto made motions to attach the landlord’s assets at PPR and at other locations owned by the landlords, the landlord finally made the deposit of the money on August 26, 2016.
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Mayor Bill de Blasio today released the findings of the Office of Civil Justice’s first annual report, which show that 27 percent of tenants in Housing Court for eviction proceedings have legal representation – up from 1 percent in 2013. As a result of annual investments totaling over $100 million in civil legal services of all types under Mayor de Blasio, evictions have fallen 24 percent in the last two years according to the report.
New York City is in the midst of crisis with record numbers of homeless families and adults in shelters. Homeless families experience long waits during the day and sleepless nights before the City can assign them to temporary housing. The City has also had to use more motels to house homeless people.
Last Saturday, members of The Legal Aid Society's Exploitation Intervention Project (EIP) and Special Litigation Unit partnered with Yeah, That's What She Said (YTWSS), a woman-led art and activism collective, to host an all-day event called "All Together Now: Women Fighting State Violence."
Judith Goldiner, Attorney-in-Charge of the Civil Practice's Law Reform Unit at The Legal Aid Society, views a new federal housing program - RAD - with cautious optimism.
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