Statement on Council Passage of Right to Counsel

Adriene Holder, Attorney-In-Charge of the Civil Practice at The Legal Aid Society, issued the following statement today responding to the City Council’s passage of right to counsel.

“Too often eviction and displacement is the cause of poverty and the unraveling of our communities. Today’s passage of this bill works to remedy this injustice by providing attorneys to low-income New Yorkers in housing court. The availability of legal services will decrease evictions, prevent homelessness and finally address the uphill battle against landlords tenants face each day they walk into housing court. In the end, we know that the preservation of our communities in safe and affordable housing is good health, education and economic policy. We applaud Speaker Mark-Viverito and Council Members Levine and Gibson for this bold step forward.”