Legal Aid Society

Preventing Homelessness & Saving Homes

We work to preserve homes, prevent eviction and displacement by providing critical legal services. Through our direct representation and law reform efforts, we promote healthy, stable, affordable housing for our clients and remove the systemic barriers that keep people trapped in cycles of homelessness.



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Every day, in courthouses and communities across the city, we advocate for the rights of all New Yorkers. Learn more about the services we provide.

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Making a Difference

Projects, Units & Initiatives

Our specialized teams have experience working on nearly every area of law that impacts New Yorkers. Explore the ways we fight on behalf of clients and communities.

A Day in the Life

Connecting Clients to Essential Resources in the Housing Help Program

As a Paralegal Case Handler, Jodi Almengor spends a great deal of time working directly with our clients in the Housing Help Program. The Program, based in the Bronx, offers help to clients in at-risk neighborhoods to avoid the harmful consequences of displacement from their homes.

Jodi Almengor  Housing Help Project 

Our Work with Partners

Challenging Disability-Based Discrimination in NYC's Homeless Shelters

We worked with White & Case LLP to bring Butler et al. vs. City of New York, a federal class action case challenging disability-based discrimination in the City’s homeless shelter system. Every night, there are nearly 60,000 people sleeping the City’s shelter system—a high proportion of them have difficulties resulting from a disability. We secured a settlement with the City on behalf of a class of individuals who have a disability and who currently live in a shelter, who will seek shelter in the future, or who tried to access shelter on or after May 14, 2012.

By the Numbers

Our work seeks to shift the power dynamic, ensuring New Yorkers have access to shelter and affordable housing, and that tenants have the resources they need to advocate for their rights.


Evictions in NYC in 2021, compared to nearly 17,000 in 2019, thanks to the work of tenant advocates that led to the strictest eviction moratorium in the nation.


Families make up three-quarters of the homeless shelter population.


The number of homeless New Yorkers sleeping each night in municipal shelters is now 77 percent higher than it was ten years ago.

A contribution to The Legal Aid Society is about more than money.

Every donation helps us offer essential legal services to thousands of vulnerable New Yorkers, helping people buy food, pay rent, and care for themselves and their families.

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