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.
Defending Tenant Rights in the Housing Practice
Aissatou Barry is helping New Yorkers stay in their homes. As a staff attorney in our Housing Practice, Aissatou defends tenants in housing court, working with them to prevent evictions, secure benefits, and connect them with the services they need.
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. In August of 2017, 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.
The number of homeless New Yorkers sleeping each night in municipal shelters is now 77 percent higher than it was ten years ago.
Families make up three-quarters of the homeless shelter population.
84 percent of all tenants who were provided an attorney in Housing Court remained in their homes.
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.