Housing is a necessity, yet every year there are approximately 20,000 evictions and 3,000 foreclosures in New York City, which disproportionately affect low income communities of color.
Eviction can lead to homelessness, job loss, and a cascade of other negative outcomes that cause severe harm to families and their communities. With housing costs rising across the city and the exceedingly short supply of affordable housing, more and more people—families with children, seniors, people with disabilities, and veterans—are having trouble finding and keeping housing.
Foreclosure can be devastating for homeowners with low-income who often worked for years to secure a home of their own. To make matters worse, those facing foreclosure, particularly in low-income communities of color, are targeted for scams that promise relief and provide no results. NYLAG attorneys work with homeowners to keep them in their homes through litigation, fraud prevention, and community outreach.
Safe and secure housing is a basic human need and should be a universal right; without it, everything, from employment to education, becomes so much harder.
tenants helped with eviction, displacement, and homelessness
homeowners remained in their homes
Our talented attorneys and paralegals fight for housing justice: fair, safe, and affordable housing for adults and families so that they can stay in their communities and thrive. NYLAG’s lawyers can help in the following ways:
- Representing clients facing eviction
- Preventing foreclosure through litigation, fraud prevention, and community outreach
- Helping clients secure and keep affordable housing
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NYLAG is part of the solution to the housing crisis in New York:
Any New Yorker behind on their rent, because of financial or medical hardship due to COVID-19, should submit a Hardship Declaration Form to avoid facing eviction or unnecessary court proceedings until at least May 1, 2021.
With Joe Biden now the 47th President of the U.S., NYLAG urges the Biden Administration to reverse policies that harm the communities we serve.
The second round of stimulus checks and other payments offer a number of benefits. Here’s a breakdown.