Newark looking to be second city to guarantee counsel for evictions

05/01/2018, Legislation, Housing - Evictions

Yesterday, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, standing with NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, announced he intends to introduce legislation on Friday that would provide a right to counsel for Newark tenants in housing court.  The plan is for the first stage of implementation to occur on Sept 1 (which would apply to roughly 10,000 seniors, people with disabilities, and undocumented immigrants), with the whole effort to be in place within 3-5 years. News stories say the city intends to rely at least initially on pro bono attorneys to carry out the project.  

The news has been picked up by NJ.com, the NY TimesWBGO, and Moguldom, while the Newark Star-Ledger's Editorial Board came out in support of the legislation.