The Right To Counsel Bill

HMLS New Yorker

The recently enacted, Right to Counsel bill, will provide low-income New Yorkers with free legal representation when going through a legal proceeding for an eviction or foreclosure.

The free legal services will be provided for New York residents who do not exceed 200% of the federal poverty line.

According to NY.gov, as of June 30, 2018, the federal income guidelines are as follows:

Household Size=1, Annual Gross Income= $22,311
Household Size=2, Annual Gross Income= $30,044
Household Size=3, Annual Gross Income= $37,777
Household Size=4, Annual Gross Income= $45,510
Household Size=5, Annual Gross Income= $53,243
Household Size=6, Annual Gross Income= $60,976
Household Size=7, Annual Gross Income= $68,709
Household Size=8, Annual Gross Income= $76,442
For Each Additional Member, add $7,733
(Remember, to get the aforementioned free services, the household can earn up to twice the listed gross income.)

According to the Right to Counsel bill, people who exceed the income standards for free representation will receive free legal consultation, although they won’t be represented in court.

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Proposed Legislation Regarding Homeless Hotels’ Transparency

Kudos to Jay Dow for his work on New York City’s homeless crisis!!

[SIDEBAR: I observed the “disclosure of confidential client information,” that the Department of Homeless Service says in their statement in the above-posted video is “a violation of social services law,” being breached at every shelter I lived in. What a joke that statement is!]

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First Offer For The Vulnerable Legislation

NYCHA

According to the New York Daily News, a bill that would allow NYCHA residents with mobility disabilities to move into available accessible apartments is currently under review by Governor Cuomo.

The legislation will reportedly provide mobility-challenged NYCHA residents the right of first refusal to live in apartments located on the lower floors of housing projects.

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