AUDIO/TEXT: Tenants Push for Right to Counsel in Housing Court


WNYC.pngBy Kat Aaron

About 150 tenants and lawyers gathered on the steps of City Hall to support a bill before the City Council that would give lawyers to all poor people facing eviction, making New York the first city to guarantee attorneys in housing court.

...The bill, Intro 214A, was introduced by Council Member Mark Levine more than two years ago, but this was the first hearing. A coalition of housing groups, legal services organizations and unions have pushed the legislation.

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