(NEW YORK, NY) — The De Blasio administration announced on Monday that the number of New Yorkers evicted from their home last year dropped 14% compared to 2017, as reported by Crain’s.
The decline is mostly due to the work of the city’s Right to Counsel program which was established in 2014 and provides tenants with free legal representation in court.
“We’re turning the tide against displacement by providing free legal services to people in need since we believe tenants shouldn’t walk into housing court alone when their home is at stake,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.
The program has not reached its full potential yet. According to reports, it is expected to fully roll out by 2020 and will represent around 400,000 residents a year.