As the number of eviction cases rises, a shortage of attorneys is forcing an increasing number of tenants to move forward with legal representation under a city program meant to keep New Yorkers in their homes.
A city program that provides free legal services for low-income New Yorkers is struggling with a shortage of lawyers as a slate of eviction cases moves forward more than two months after a statewide moratorium was lifted.
Nearly two months after New York’s eviction moratorium expired, attorneys who provide free legal services as part of a city program are struggling to keep up with demand for legal representation in housing court.
Only 23,395 eviction cases have been filed in New York City since June – less than half as many as during the same time last year, despite hardships created by the pandemic. Tenant advocates fear many more are on the way.