The Shaarei Tikvah Social Justice Committee is focusing on securing a right to counsel for Westchester County residents facing evictions.
- In 2019 there were over 10,000 eviction proceedings brought in Westchester County. Evictions are unequal contests: 93% of landlords have lawyers, but only 7% of tenants do. Tenants without lawyers rarely win their cases, but tenants with lawyers almost always win their cases.
- In 2019, 4,960 people entered Westchester’s shelter system. Most evicted people don’t immediately enter a shelter. First they drain their savings and exhaust their family and social networks, often doubling-up in overcrowded housing. Eventually many wind up in shelters.
Westchester could see 5,000 to 10,000 eviction cases filed just in the beginning of 2021. Without legal representation, it is unlikely that tenants will be able to retain their housing.
Shaarei Tikvah members can help bring a right to counsel to Westchester by taking the following steps today:
- Find your county legislator: https://giswww.westchestergov.com/ElectedOfficials/index.html
- Email your county legislator at https://www.nykolami.org/right2counsel. Using this site enables the R2C Coalition to track how many people contacted each legislator.