Homelessness Prevention

Homelessness Prevention

The Homelessness Prevention Administration (HPA) works tirelessly to keep New Yorkers in their homes. HPA works with the Department of Homeless Services (DHS), the NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA) and many other organizations and City agencies to prevent homelessness and assist families and individuals in need in maintaining stable, affordable housing in their communities.

Within the Homelessness Prevention Administration are the Housing and Homeless Services/Initiatives Division, the Rental Assistance Program, the Legal Services Initiatives unit, and the Early Intervention Outreach Team, all of which are vital partners in assisting New Yorkers in need.

For more information on HPA, please call Infoline at 718-557-1399.

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Free Legal Representation to Prevent Eviction

HRA funds Anti-Eviction Legal Services in the housing courts and in community offices across the City, provide comprehensive, flexible and individualized legal and related services to help ensure that low-income households avoid becoming homeless. Services may include:

  • Representation in housing court
  • Negotiations with landlords and/or other advocacy assistance
  • Inquiries into whether a tenant's rent level is correct, whether there are conditions that require repair and whether these constitute defenses to a proceeding
  • Preparation and filing of required agency and court papers

Find the Anti-Eviction Legal Services location nearest you.

In addition to our community-based offices, residents in ZIP codes 11207, 11212, 11226, 10452, 10456, 10458, 11432, 11691, and 11692 who are facing eviction may be eligible for comprehensive anti-eviction legal services offered at housing court. The Housing Help Program provides full social services, legal intake, and assessment and case management in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens.


Homebase will help you develop a personalized plan to overcome an immediate housing crisis and achieve housing stability. You may be eligible for Homebase services if you:

  • Are at imminent risk of entering the New York City shelter system
  • Are low-income
  • Want to remain stably housed in your community

Learn more about Homebase.

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