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Legal and Tenant Advocacy Groups

Cardozo Bet Tzedek Legal Services Clinic
(212) 790-0240
www.cardozo.yu.edu/academic/bettzedek.html

Cardozo Bet Tzedek Legal Services Clinic is a Cardozo School of Law program for New York City's low-income elderly and disabled persons. The clinic has represented clients who are facing eviction due to problematic hoarding; however, due to staff and time constraints, they can only take a limited number of cases. Legal and social work students assist with advocacy, support services, and also refer inquirers to appropriate agencies and resources. All prospective clients are interviewed initially by telephone.

City Wide-Task Force on Housing Court, Inc.
www.tenant.net/Court/cwtfhc/index.html
(212) 982-5512
Hotline open from 2 - 5pm Monday to Friday.
This Task Force is a not-for-profit coalition of community housing organizations. They operate a telephone hotline where students and volunteers provide information regarding enforcement of housing code violations and other landlord/tenant issues.
Their website has extensive fact sheets on the court process.

Eviction Intervention Services (EIS)
members.aol.com/eisny/eis.htm
(212) 308-2210
Catchment Area: East Side of Manhattan
Eligibility: Low-to-moderate income tenants with housing problems

EIS's De-Clutter cases are cured in the following manner:
  1. Intake/evaluation
  2. Major cleaning
  3. Housing maintenance and repairs
    EIS attorneys act as liaison between the tenant and landlord to get needed repairs (e.g., clogged drains, broken pipes, and non-working appliances).
  4. Legal
    Legal advocacy and representation in housing court.
  5. Follow-up
    Especially when court inspections are mandated.

Housing Conservation Coordinators
www.hcc-nyc.org
(212) 541-5996
Catchment Area is West 34th to West 59th Street. Legal and tenant advocacy services.

Laws Help
LawHelp.org
This site contains information that helps people with low and moderate incomes find legal resources. To receive a list of legal associations in your client's neighborhood, enter the client's zipcode and click on housing/eviction.

Legal Aid Society
www.legal-aid.org
(212) 440-4300
If your client has low income, they may be eligible for a free attorney. Call the above number to get the address of the office that services your client's neighborhood.

Legal Aid Society - Brooklyn Office for the Aging
www.legal-aid.org
(718) 645-3111 M-F 10:00 am to 5:00pm
Catchment Area: Brooklyn

The Legal Aid Society is a law firm for low-income individuals located in New York City. The Legal Aid Society's Brooklyn Office for the Aging provides free legal services, from brief advice to full legal representation, to low-income seniors aged 60 and over living in Brooklyn with regard to a variety of civil legal matters. However, the emphasis is on eviction prevention and maximization of government benefits. The office conducts a telephone intake system, as well as visits to homebound clients who are unable to travel.

Legal Services for New York City
www.lsny.org
(212) 431-7200

If client has low income, they may be eligible for a free attorney. Call the above number to get the address of the office that services your client's neighborhood.

VOLS (Volunteers of Legal Services)
(212) 966-4400

VOLS gives legal clinics at senior centers, with either lawyers or paralegal professionals. When possible, they will then assign a volunteer lawyer to an older adult who has income less than $20,000 a year.

West Side SRO Law Project
www.goddard.org/programs/srolaw.htm
(212) 799-9638
Eligibility: Residents of Single Room Occupancy hotels

 
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