The NYC Dept. of Homeless Services has a list of organizations (in pdf format) that may be able
to provide assistance for those facing housing difficulties. Further information for tenants at-risk of being evicted from their apartment can be found on the NYC Dept. of Homeless Services web site.
Assistance is also available from LawHelp NY, a web site with links to free and affordable legal aid and information about your legal rights, courts, and more in New York and elsewhere.
Additional information about finding legal help can also be found in the Legal Help section of the NYC Affordable Housing Resource Center Web site.
Find a Lawyer
you have a low income and cannot afford a lawyer, you may be eligible
for free legal services (a free attorney). Organizations that offer help include:
The Legal Aid Society (212) 577-3300
Legal Services NYC (646) 442-3600
New York Legal Assistance Group (212) 613-5000
you need a referral to a lawyer and you are not eligible for free legal
services, contact the New York City Bar Association Legal
Referral Service at (212)
The NYC Bar Association Legal Referral Service offers a lawyer or paralegal who will answer the phone and help you find an appropriate way to handle your legal problem.
They also offers free legal advice
one evening a week on specific issues, including landlord-tenant matters, as well as a free advice hotline for low-income NYC residents. The number is (212) 626-7383.
Civil Court Info Line has recorded information about the Housing Court
in English and Spanish (24 hours a day) at (212) 791-6000. If you are being
evicted for nonpayment of rent, you may be eligible for an emergency grant
from the Human Resources Administration (HRA). There is a HRA liaison located
in each borough's Housing Court. A Housing Court Counselor (Pro-Se Attorney)
is available in each housing court to assist people without attorneys.
The clerk's office staff can refer you to the Housing Court Counselor.
Resource Centers are also available in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and
City-Wide Task Force on Housing Court has information tables in most Housing
Courts, or you can call them weekdays from 2-5pm at (212) 962-4795 or the
Metropolitan Council on Housing at (212) 979-0611. Also, in some of the
Housing Courts there is a Resource Center where you can view a video about
Housing Court procedures and get written information and forms.
Page updated 8/21/2012