By Michelle Cohen
The mayor’s office announced this week that New York City’s residential evictions by marshals had declined by 37 percent since 2013, with approximately 18,000 evictions in 2018 compared to almost 29,000 evictions in 2013. In Manhattan, evictions are down 47 percent since 2013. What that means: Since 2013, more than 100,000 New Yorkers who might otherwise have faced evictions have been able to stay in their homes. And evictions decreased 14 percent in 2018 alone. Maps from the New York City Council show data on where the most evictions happen and allow you to search for a specific address in any borough to find out more.
The decline in evictions follows an equally unprecedented effort to promote housing stability with a commitment to providing legal services for tenants facing eviction and displacement. As 6sqft previously reported, in August of 2017, the city passed the Universal Access law which provides free legal help to low income tenants facing eviction. In its first year the law provided free legal services to more than 87,000 New Yorkers, and 21,955 New Yorkers threatened by eviction were able to stay in their homes.