City Limits: Despite Broad Support, Albany Might Again Balk On Rental Help For The Homeless


February 19, 2020

Elizabeth Gandolfo and her family are losing their home Monday morning, and they’re struggling.

A new landlord is evicting the six of them, plus their legion of rescue cats and dogs, from the two-bedroom apartment they share in Ozone Park, a few blocks from Atlantic Avenue.

They have little recourse. Few tenant protections apply to buildings smaller than six units — theirs has two — and nonprofit housing attorneys said the family didn’t have much of a case. The city’s “right to counsel” program, which provides lawyers for low-income tenants in housing court, has not expanded to include people in their zip code.”

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