The Office of Civil Justice (OCJ) was created at HRA in 2015 with the mission to coordinate, evaluate and improve civil legal services for low-income New Yorkers. New York City has made an extraordinary investment in legal services to level the playing field for New Yorkers in need who face potentially life-changing legal challenges, making it a national leader in providing this assistance for low-income families and individuals.
OCJ funds Anti-Eviction Legal Services in the housing courts and in community offices across the City. We provide comprehensive, flexible, and individualized legal and related services to help low-income households avoid eviction and homelessness.
Services may include:
These services are free and you do not have to be an HRA client to apply. If you need legal help with an eviction, please find the Anti-Eviction Legal Services location nearest you by clicking here, by dialing 311 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
OCJ funds Anti-Harassment Legal Services to work in select neighborhoods across the City with tenants, buildings, and tenant associations to help preserve their housing, protect against harassment or misconduct by unscrupulous landlords, and give representation and legal advice in evictions and other cases. Neighborhoods where these services are available are:
11207 East New York
11208 East New York
11213 Ocean Hill
10453 Morris Heights
10029 East Harlem
10035 East Harlem
11101 Long Island City
11354 West Flushing
11358 West Flushing
10301 Bay Street
These services are free and you do not have to be an HRA client to apply. If you live in one of the ZIP codes listed above and need legal help because your landlord is harassing or trying to displace you or your neighbors, please call the Tenant Protection Hotline at (917) 661-4505, Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.
OCJ and the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) support a variety of legal services programs for low-income immigrant New Yorkers in need of legal advice or representation in immigration matters.