New York City Council Passes Good Cause Eviction Resolution

by | Dec 20, 2021 | Housing, New York City, Press Releases

New York City, NY – New York City Councilmembers and Citizen Action of New York united at City Hall to mark the passage of their resolution calling on the New York State legislature to pass Good Cause Eviction legislation on Wednesday, December 15.

The resolution marks a significant milestone in the growing demands for Good Cause across the state.  Following the passage of this legislation in communities like Albany, Hudson, New Paltz and Newburgh, the mandate is clear. Communities thrive when everyone has a safe and reliable place to rest their heads, but as of January 15, tens of thousands of New Yorkers could become homeless and displaced by predatory developers. New York City is sending a clear message to state leaders: Good Cause eviction is the will of the people and housing is a human right. The state legislature must pass Good Cause Eviction at the start of the 2022 legislative session.

“Equitable housing is not just about having a roof over our heads. It’s about having the ability to build a healthy family underneath that roof,” said Vanessa Rosser, member of Citizen Action of New York. “Black and brown families should not have to worry about maintaining the stability of their homes on top of all the other compounding issues. If the State is really concerned about New Yorkers then let’s adhere to the call from NYC to protect all of New York’s communities. That is true equity!” said Vanessa Rosser, Member Leader for the New York City Chapter of Citizen Action of New York.

“Keeping folks in their homes is vital to making New York the safe and healthy city we need and deserve. I am proud to vote for this resolution as one of my first acts in the City Council,” said Councilmember Tiffany Cabán, District 22. “It sends a strong signal to Albany that we urgently need to pass Good Cause before the eviction moratorium expires next month. Without it, our constituents face increased risk of homelessness, violence, poor health, and getting caught up in the criminal legal system.”

“I need Good Cause Eviction to pass in the State of New York because I am tired of my Black communities leaving because it is increasingly expensive and challenging to maintain stable housing,” said Jamell N.A. Henderson, Regional Board Chair for the New York City Chapter of Citizen Action of New York. “Do we really want to see a mass exodus of New Yorkers being evicted and leaving our state? Do you know the long-term effects of that politically, economically and socially? It’s time for our lawmakers to stand with integrity and pass Good Cause Eviction now! You know what to do in 2022!”