Legal Aid Sues Adams Over Housing Vouchers

Legal Aid Sues Adams Over Housing Vouchers

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Four New Yorkers who would be eligible for city housing vouchers under new rules are asking Mayor Eric Adams to force his administration to implement four laws approved last year. The proposed class action lawsuitfiled by the Legal Aid Society on behalf of the tenants, seeks to force the Adams administration to immediately abide by laws that expand eligibility for the City Fighting Homelessness and Eviction Prevention Supplement. “Households eligible for the housing stability made possible by a CityFHEPS voucher are being evicted from affordable homes and/or remain homeless in shelter as the City's homelessness crisis continues to worsen,” the lawsuit claims. The City Council approved the measures in May over the objections of the mayor. The following month, the mayor vetoed the bill, a decision the Council successfully overrode.…
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New York City Council members urge city to increase legal services funding – JURIST

New York City Council members urge city to increase legal services funding – JURIST

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A majority of New York City Council members on Monday sent a letters to Mayor Eric Adams urging him to drastically increase funding for legal aid services in the city. 26 of the 51 councilors signed the letter requesting $195 million as a “first step in addressing the economic crisis facing these critical programs.”The letter, authored by Councilperson Shaun Abreu, a former tenant rights attorney, referenced several issues facing legal services in the city. He called for increased homicide representation. violet crime in the city, while steadily decreasing, is still experiencing a major increase since 2019. He also called for expanded legal housing assistance. Evictions and other housing issues have grown dramatically since the expiration of COVID-19 housing protections. Legal aid attorneys have been forced to turn down 10,000 housing…
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Legal Aid Society, housing advocates calling for more counsel funding

Legal Aid Society, housing advocates calling for more counsel funding

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May 08, 2023, 9:18pmUpdated 4d agoBy: News 12 Staff The Legal Aid Society and housing advocates are coming together to demand more funding to help New Yorkers stay in their homes. Advocates want a city budget increase for the 'right to counsel' – which would provide free legal services to qualifying New Yorkers who are facing eviction. This comes as the rent increase proposed by the city's Rent Guidelines Board looms over the residents of rent-stabilized apartments. Nakeeb Siddique, an attorney with the Legal Aid Society, says that there are about 120,000 eviction cases citywide filed in housing courts – and there are concerns that number will rise if increases are approved for the over two million New Yorkers in rent-controlled housing. “We have a huge tidal wave, or tsunami,…
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Legal Aid of Arkansas awarded $425,000 federal grant to address housing discrimination

Legal Aid of Arkansas awarded $425,000 federal grant to address housing discrimination

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The nonprofit group Legal Aid of Arkansas has been awarded $425,000 by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development as part of an initiative that supports organizations working to address housing discrimination.Legal Aid is considered a second-year grantee under the Private Enforcement Initiative, which "funds non-profit fair housing organizations to carry out testing and enforcement activities to prevent or eliminate discriminatory housing practices," according to a Housing and Urban Development news release issued on Wednesday.The $425,000 grant was the only award to an organization based in Arkansas out of a total of approximately $54 million awarded to 182 groups nationwide as part of the Fair Housing Initiatives Program, which encompasses the Private Enforcement Initiative as well as other programs.According to Jason Auer, the Fair Housing Project director for Legal…
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Legal Aid of Arkansas awarded $425K federal grant to address housing discrimination

Legal Aid of Arkansas awarded $425K federal grant to address housing discrimination

LEGAL
The nonprofit group Legal Aid of Arkansas has been awarded $425,000 by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development as part of an initiative that supports organizations working to address housing discrimination.Legal Aid is considered a second-year grantee under the Private Enforcement Initiative, which "funds non-profit fair housing organizations to carry out testing and enforcement activities to prevent or eliminate discriminatory housing practices," according to a Housing and Urban Development news release issued on Wednesday.The $425,000 grant was the only award to an organization based in Arkansas out of a total of approximately $54 million awarded to 182 groups nationwide as part of the Fair Housing Initiatives Program, which encompasses the Private Enforcement Initiative as well as other programs.According to Jason Auer, the Fair Housing Project director for Legal…
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