Legal Help

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Borough-based providers help older New Yorkers get legal help.

Legal Services

The Department for the Aging contracts with local organizations to provide free legal services for older adults without access to private representation. There are organizations to assist clients in all five boroughs with a variety of legal issues including public benefits, long-term care, consumer and landlord-tenant issues.

You can find an organization by using our Find Services locator by clicking on Legal Services under the Services tab, or by calling Aging Connect at 212-Aging-NYC (212-244-6469) for more information.

Tenancy and Eviction Support Services (Formerly known as Assigned Council Project)

New Yorkers who are 60 years and older and at risk of being evicted from their homes in Brooklyn and Manhattan, may be eligible for free legal representation and case assistance through DFTA’s Tenancy and Eviction Support Services, formerly known as the Assigned Counsel Project.

If you are currently going through a housing court proceeding and have not retained legal counsel, make sure to ask the judge overseeing your case about DFTA’s Tenancy and Eviction Support Services, email DFTAESS@aging.nyc.gov, or contact the Kings County Help Center by phone at 646-386-5556, or the New York County Help Center at 646-386-5555. You can also email both counties Help Center’s at NYFCInquiry@nycourts.gov.