NEW YORK (PIX11) – A moratorium on evictions in New York was lifted on Saturday, potentially putting thousands of residents at risk of losing their homes.
Governor Kathy Hochul previously said she would let the pandemic-era moratorium expire, but offset the tidal wave of impending evictions by reopening financial programs that offer New Yorkers rent relief and protection. against evictions. However, housing advocates say there is not enough funding to help all those still reeling from the financial and economic impacts of the COVID pandemic.
On Saturday, the Legal Aid Society called on state lawmakers to pass long-term solutions to protect tenants, including a bill that would provide protections for tenants of unregulated apartments.
Judith Goldiner, lead attorney for the Legal Aid Society’s civil law reform unit, said tenants of unregulated housing deserve basic, common-sense protections from unjust evictions.
“Now more than ever, New York must take meaningful, long-term action to address the growing housing crisis and to stop the tidal wave of evictions that will likely begin now that the moratorium has expired,” Goldiner said in an emailed statement.
Hochul said Tuesday she was having conversations with the Legislative Assembly about how to tackle the housing crisis.
Earlier this week, the state reopened a rent relief program, despite the fact that there isn’t enough funding to help everyone who had already applied — unless more federal help comes along. come.
The emergency rental assistance program originally closed in November because New York was running out of funds.
In December, the Legal Aid Society sued the state to reinstate the program, and a state Supreme Court judge issued a preliminary injunction on January 6 ordering the state to reopen the application portal.
Advocates have encouraged struggling New Yorkers to apply for the program, regardless of funding, because anyone who applies is protected from deportation while their application is being processed.
This story includes reporting from The Associated Press and NEWS10’s Sara Rizzo.
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