Legal Aid Sues Mayor Adams Over Inaction on Rental Voucher Reforms

Legal Aid Sues Mayor Adams Over Inaction on Rental Voucher Reforms

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The proposed class action suit was filed in New York State Supreme Court on behalf of four New Yorkers who say they should be eligible for CityFHEPS, but are closed out because the Adams administration has failed to implement laws expanding the program. Emma WhitfordMarie Vincent, center, a cancer survivor living in a Harlem shelter with her grandson, is one of the plaintiffs in the Legal Aid suit. The Legal Aid Society announced Wednesday that it is suing Mayor Eric Adams' administration over its failure to implement several laws passed by the City Council to expand eligibility for the city's housing voucher program.The lawsuit is the latest in an ongoing dispute between the mayor and the Council over reforms to the City Family Homelessness and Eviction Prevention Supplement (CityFHEPS) program,…
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Public defenders, legal aid providers rally to demand fair funding in NYC’s 2024 budget

Public defenders, legal aid providers rally to demand fair funding in NYC’s 2024 budget

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March 20, 2023, 9:10pmUpdated 4d agoPublic defenders and legal aid providers rallied at City Hall on Monday to demand fair funding in New York City's upcoming 2024 budget. The two groups say not enough funding is being allocated to support their numerous services that help residents. They add they're dealing with a humanitarian crisis on the job that continues to get worse each year. Several of the lawyers' claims of low pay, a high volume of cases and a lack of city funding are forcing many out of their chosen profession. “This must end, and it must end now,” added one attendee.Both groups are calling on the city for an investment of $300 million in the upcoming fiscal budget. Public defender Eugene Toussaint said he fears that the lack of…
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