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Assigned Counsel Project (ACP)

The ACP provides eligible seniors with an attorney and a social worker (or a social work intern) who work as a team to help seniors solve their Housing Court cases. Seniors must be sixty years of age or older, have an identifiable social service need, and a pending Housing Court case in order to be eligible for the program. Such seniors could be facing eviction due to either nonpayment of rent or holdover allegations. Other eligible seniors include those trying to evict a roommate whom they believe may hurt them or does not want to leave or an owner trying to evict a tenant.

The following services are offered free of charge:

  • legal representation
  • social work advocacy and assistance with securing:
    • financial grants to cover arrears, and
    • entitlements such as SCRIE, Medicare/Medicaid, home care, Access-a-Ride, Meals on Wheels, etc.

The New York State Access to Justice Program has published a brochure that provides more information about the program, including how a senior may seek to be considered for eligibility. Alternatively, contact Denise Colon-Greenaway, Special Counsel for Court-Based Interdisciplinary Programs, at 646-386-5408 or by email dcgreena@courts.state.ny.us.