Every year, thousands of poor New Yorkers lose their homes because they are unrepresented in litigation where the government and landlords have counsel. There are more than 150,000 Housing Court cases in New York each year, but fewer than 3 in 10 low-income households go to Court with a lawyer. Warren B. Scharf ’83, Executive Director of Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, and Christopher Helwig ’17, Equal Justice Works Fellow at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, will provide an overview of Housing Court and Housing Authority eviction proceedings, the new “Right to Counsel” legislation in New York City and the expansion of Housing Attorneys for low-income tenants, and advocacy of basic rights of our poor neighbors.
A non-pizza lunch will be served. Hosted by SJI.