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File #: Res 0770-2005    Version: * Name: NYCHA to allow the City-Wide Task Force on Housing Court to set up an assistance table for the benefit of residents at NYCHA housing administrative tribunal hearings.
Type: Resolution Status: Filed
Committee: Committee on Housing and Buildings
On agenda: 1/19/2005
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon the New York City Housing Authority to allow the City-Wide Task Force on Housing Court to set up an assistance table for the benefit of residents at NYCHA housing administrative tribunal hearings.
Sponsors: Margarita Lopez, Letitia James, Charles Barron, Yvette D. Clarke, Alan J. Gerson, Robert Jackson, Annabel Palma, Christine C. Quinn, Philip Reed, Diana Reyna, James Sanders, Jr., Larry B. Seabrook, Maria Baez, Helen D. Foster, David I. Weprin, Lewis A. Fidler, Leroy G. Comrie, Jr., Albert Vann, Gale A. Brewer, Maria Del Carmen Arroyo
Council Member Sponsors: 20

Res. No. 770

 

Resolution calling upon the New York City Housing Authority to allow the City-Wide Task Force on Housing Court to set up an assistance table for the benefit of residents at NYCHA housing administrative tribunal hearings.

 

By Council Members Lopez, James, Barron, Clarke, Gerson, Jackson, Palma, Quinn, Reed, Reyna, Sanders Jr., Seabrook, Baez, Foster, Weprin, Fidler, Comrie, Vann, Brewer and Arroyo

 

                     Whereas, The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) is the nation’s largest housing authority with approximately 345 developments and 2,700 buildings comprising 181,000 units and 420,000 authorized tenants; and

                     Whereas, NYCHA housing issues involving its residents, such as termination of tenancy proceedings, are adjudicated at NYCHA administrative tribunals before hearing officers and are not adjudicated in the City’s Housing Court system; and

                     Whereas, Many NYCHA residents without legal counsel that have appeared before NYCHA’s administrative tribunals have reportedly been deprived of their constitutional and due process rights, such as allegedly being coerced by NYCHA attorneys, before the appearance at the actual administrative hearing, to sign stipulations that are detrimental to such NYCHA residents or not in conformance with NYCHA’s own Termination Procedures; and

                     Whereas, The City-Wide Task Force on Housing Court (CWTFHC) is a non-profit coalition of housing advocates that was established in 1981 to address injustices faced by indigent tenants who can not afford an attorney during landlord/tenant proceedings in Housing Court; and

                     Whereas, According to the CWTFHC’s website, its staff currently “collaborates with community groups, legal service providers, eviction prevention specialists, academicians, and elected officials to further the goal of justice in Housing Court as a means of abating homelessness in New York City;” and

                     Whereas, The CWTFHC constantly provides a presence at each of the City’s Housing Courts with assistance/information tables; and

                     Whereas, According to the CWTFHC, its information tables currently provide assistance to approximately 60,000 tenants each year at which CWTFHC staff and volunteers answer questions and provide factsheets, referrals to legal service providers and other eviction prevention organizations, resources, and agencies; and

Whereas, NYCHA does not currently allow CWTFHC to set up assistance tables outside NYCHA’s administrative tribunal hearings where NYCHA tenant cases are adjudicated; and

Whereas, The CWTFHC should be allowed to set up their assistance tables in a prominent location outside NYCHA administrative tribunal hearings where tenant issues are adjudicated to help guard against possible infringements of constitutional and due process rights afforded to residents of NYCHA; now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the New York City Housing Authority to allow the City-Wide Task Force on Housing Court to set up an assistance table for the benefit of residents at NYCHA housing administrative tribunal hearings.

 

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