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De Blasio: Free Lawyers to Help New Yorkers Avoid Unjust Evictions

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    De Blasio to Fight Homelessness by Boosting Anti-Eviction Services

    On Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his latest strategy to fight the city’s growing homeless problem: several million dollars to pay for legal help to families facing eviction. News 4 Government Affairs Reporter Melissa Russo reports. (Published Monday, Sept. 28, 2015)

    Mayor Bill de Blasio is unveiling a plan to hire more lawyers to help residents avoid unjust evictions.

    The mayor announced the program Monday and said it was part of his administration's growing effort to combat homelessness in the nation's largest city.

    De Blasio said the city will invest $12.3 million to provide free lawyers for tenants who are in housing court fighting illegal evictions.

    Officials said the program is available citywide but will focus on neighborhoods where there is increased rise of evictions due to gentrification.

    EXCLUSIVE: De Blasio Administration Asks Clergy to Make Room for Homeless to Sleep in Houses of Worship

    [NY] EXCLUSIVE: De Blasio Administration Asks Clergy to Make Room for Homeless to Sleep in Houses of Worship
    At a meeting in lower Manhattan Thursday morning, city officials urged clergy to create so-called "Safe Haven" beds under a de Blasio initiative called Opening Doors. Melissa Russo reports.
    (Published Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015)

    The legal programs will cost more than $61 million annually by 2017.

    There are more than 57,000 people in city homeless shelters, an increase from when de Blasio took office in January 2014.

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