VIDEO: Some New Yorkers Facing Eviction May Get Free Lawyers

Fox5.pngNEW YORK (FOX 5 NEWS) - When Cynthia, a single mother of two, fell on tough times after a death in the family she was served eviction papers. She was kicked out and had to enter the shelter system. Cynthia's story isn't all that different from so many others. In 2015, 22,000 families were evicted.

...Councilman Mark Levine said he has been working on the initiative for years. He said it is about fairness. He said that tenants represented by lawyers are much less likely to be evicted. He said the plan also makes financial sense because it is expected to save the city $320 million a year.

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