In recent years, the City Council and de Blasio Administration have greatly expanded the funding for legal services for low-income New Yorkers facing civil proceedings in court. IBO examines how this funding for civil legal assistance has grown.
When a low-income household loses their income or faces an extraordinary bill, they can face a utilities cutoff--or eviction. Did the pandemic lead to a surge in one-time emergency housing grants by the city?
FOCUS ON THE PRELIMINARY BUDGET: With the addition of more capital funding, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development is expanding its Our Space program to build housing for New Yorkers currently living in the city's homeless shelters.