WNYC Report: Giving Tenants Their Day in Court

WNYC reporter Beth Fertig spent time in Bronx Housing Court with Mobilization for Justice attorneys examining how the city’s right to counsel in housing court program is working. MFJ attorneys are in the court every Friday offering free legal assistance to low-income tenants who qualify. Over the past three years, representation for tenants has increased from one percent to 27 percent. Supervising Attorney Andrew Darcy said the program is working: “Having some time to investigate these serious allegations and people losing their homes is not clogging up the wheels of justice or preventing anyone from getting something that they’re legally entitled to … it’s simply about giving tenants their day in court.” Read or listen to WNYC’s report here.