Furman Center Releases Policy Brief on Housing Court Legal Assistance

The NYU Furman Center recently released a policy brief on New York City’s Universal Access to Counsel (UAC) program, which guarantees legal representation for income-eligible tenants facing eviction in Housing Court. In 2017, New York City enacted the first legislation in the country establishing the right to legal representation for all income-eligible tenants facing eviction. The program has been implemented in four selected ZIP codes in each of New York’s five boroughs, with citywide universal access mandated by July 2022.

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