New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) apartments are a critical strand in the safety net and the last bastion of truly affordable housing within the City of New York.
Yet today, black mold, peeling lead paint, roaches, or other deplorable conditions plague most rental units, compounding issues of race, space, health, and poverty.
The Safety Net Project’s #NYCHADignity campaign is a three-pronged strategy that combats these injustices while promoting dignity for all residents of Public Housing.
We extend a lifeline to tenants from free and frequent legal clinics adjacent to NYCHA developments. We amplify these efforts by training large groups of NYCHA tenants to advocate for themselves.
We are home to the only Public Housing practice in the City of New York. Our attorneys fight for court orders compelling NYCHA to cut red tape and address egregious housing code violations. We also secure rent abatements for impacted clients, which injects tens of thousands of dollars into impoverished neighborhoods.
Whether testifying before the City Council or organizing a mayoral candidate sleepover in NYCHA apartments, we harness the power of special initiatives to focus politicians, press, and the public on the need for system-wide reforms.