Lawmakers unveil bill to strengthen Right to Counsel

By Greg McQueen

Now they’re playing hardball too.

Yarisme Guilamo, a tenant leader with the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition (NWBCCC), and her neighbors have been busy.

In 2017, the city passed its landmark Right to Counsel law, which helps low-income residents thwart eviction by guaranteeing them an attorney in housing court.

Guilamo said the legislation has certainly created a change.

“We went from a building full of people who feared losing their home and living in unhealthy living conditions, to a tenant association filled with motivated leaders ready for battle to demand the conditions we deserve,” remarked Guilamo, who said she and her neighbors began an organized rent strike despite ongoing threats of retaliation from their landlord.

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