AMP: Grassroots²

New York City

Right to Counsel Coalition

Vision: RTCNYC began as a coalition of advocates, tenants, academics and legal services providers in support of right to counsel for low-income tenants who face eviction in New York City. RTCNYC works to transform the nature of the housing court system- turning legislative laws to rights, specifically for working-class and low-income tenants.

Impact: RTCNYC spearheaded the passing of a bill, which ensures at the end of 5 years, all income eligible tenants will be ensured an attorney when fighting their eviction in housing court. The bill also provides for NYCHA tenants whose cases happen in administrative hearings, to have representation as well.