Housing: SRO Tenants

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Mobilization for Justice defends SRO tenants’ rights by preventing evictions and stopping conversions of SRO units.

Single Room Occupancy (SRO) housing is an integral part of what remains of the low-income rental market in New York City. Rents for SRO units are lower than other forms of non-subsidized housing simply because they are the most basic form of housing available and a slight step above homelessness. Although a dwindling resource, SROs comprise up to 15% of all units available to poor New Yorkers. Consequently, the loss of SRO units through deregulation, demolition, and illegal conversion has a disproportionate impact on low-income people. Until a significant new form of affordable housing is created and made available to the poorest New Yorkers, Mobilization for Justice will continue to protect the marginalized tenant population living in these increasingly endangered units.

Mobilization for Justice represents tenants in eviction proceedings, preventing the illegal conversion of SRO units, helps tenants to stabilize their income and benefits, and assists city agencies in monitoring SRO compliance with existing law. We also work with groups of tenants and help organize them to take collective action.

Read about SROs: Single Room Occupancy Housing in New York City: The Origins and Dimensions of a Crisis

Call our intake line for help: 212-417-3888, Tuesday: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.

PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR INTAKE LINE WILL BE CLOSED DURING JULY, AUGUST, AND SEPTEMBER of 2023. If you would like free tenant assistance, please call 311 and ask for the Tenant Helpline.