Public Housing

Thousands of low-income New Yorkers are in danger each year of losing their New York City Housing Authority (“NYCHA”) apartments, the most important and largest source of affordable housing for poor people in New York City. If the tenants, many of whom have small children, are evicted there is a strong likelihood that the family will become homeless. Only a small number of NYCHA tenants are represented by counsel, increasing the chance that they will lose irreplaceable housing. The Legal Aid Society is seeking to increase access to justice for this vulnerable population through expanding our limited resources with law pro bono lawyers who will have the opportunity to hone their lawyering skills and preserve homes. Volunteers, working with an experienced Legal Aid lawyer, conduct fact development and discovery, draft legal papers, engage in negotiations and advocacy, prepare witness, and represent tenants at administrative hearings.