CDP celebrates HISTORIC VICTORY FOR TENANTS WITH RIGHT TO COUNSEL COALITION
Mayor Bill de Blasio, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Council Member Mark Levine announced this week a $93 million program and commitment to pass legislation to guarantee legal services for tenants facing eviction in New York City Housing Court. CDP congratulates our partners at the Right to Counsel Coalition on this critical victory for low-income tenants!
In 2013, CDP and Community Action for Safe Apartments (CASA) released Tipping the Scales: a Report of Tenant Experiences in Bronx Housing Court. This participatory action research report highlighted the daunting challenges facing tenants as they navigate housing court without legal representation and documented the severe disadvantages facing unrepresented tenants. Our policy recommendations, crafted by CASA members, called for an increase in resources for tenant representation including legislation giving all tenants the right to a court-appointed attorney. The release of the report was followed up by powerful organizing and advocacy by CASA and the Right to Counsel Coalition, leading to this monumental victory for tenants! Read coverage in Gothamist, Politico and The Daily News.
nEW aRTICLE BY CDP RESEARCH AND POLICY TEAM IN THE NEW POLITICAL SCIENCE JOURNAL
CDP is excited to share a new article in the New Political Science journal by Erin Markman and Alexa Kasdan of CDP’s Research and Policy team. The article, Participatory Budgeting and Community-Based Research: Principles, Practices, and Implications for Impact Validity, is part of a collection of articles focusing on Participatory Budgeting. The issue also includes articles by members of the PBNYC research board, Celina Su, Ron Hayduk, Rachel Swaner, Isaac Jabola-Carolus and Josh Lerner.
Since its inception in New York City, CDP has played an important role in the PB process by conducting surveys, researching community issues, publishing reports and informing policy initiatives. PB in NYC has grown from 4 council members in its pilot year to 31 City Council members participating this 6th cycle.