Tenant ‘right to counsel’ program begins in Rochester
Every Rochester resident facing eviction proceedings in a city court will now have access to free legal representation under a program that launched Tuesday. click to enlarge The Monroe County Hall of Justice in downtown Rochester.
The so-called “right to counsel” program also includes an eviction hotline that city residents can call for assistance. The initiatives were part of a larger eviction prevention and homeless services package introduced by Mayor Lovely Warren and passed last week by City Council. Under the legislation, $460,000 of federal coronavirus pandemic relief funds were allocated for the right to counsel pilot program, which will run through June 30, 2021.