City Will Guarantee Legal Aid to Low-Income New Yorkers Facing Eviction

Metro.jpgBy Amanda Mikelberg

Funding just doubled for the city’s well-supported “right to counsel” initiative, turning the free legal aid pilot program into a full-fledged city service, Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Councilmembers announced Sunday.

The initiative will target the “an epidemic of evictions," the bill's lead sponsor City Council Member Mark Levine told Metro. "We've had a bill since 2014 and from the beginning it felt like it was an uphill battle. It was the incredible coalition of advocates and the urgency of the issues that brought us here," he said.

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