March 16, 2016
Stout Risius Ross, Inc. (“SRR”) has been asked by the Pro Bono and Legal Services Committee of the New York City Bar Association to undertake a cost / benefit analyses regarding the cost of City Council Intro 214-A, and to review cost/benefit reports on City Council Intro 214 conducted by the Independent Budget Office and the Finance Department of the City of New York.
SRR has prepared this independent opinion regarding the cost and benefit to the City of Intro 214-A, legislation that would create a right to legal representation for low-income New Yorkers in eviction, ejectment and foreclosure proceedings. In reviewing the reports from the Independent Budget Office and the Finance Department of the City of New York, SRR identified, compared, and evaluated key components of each report. Additionally, SRR has identified certain benefits / cost savings that funding right to counsel in eviction matters would bring to the city that are not included in either the IBO or Finance reports.
SRR reports findings in four main categories:
– Cost of Providing Counsel| SRR has estimated the annual cost of Intro
214-A to be approximately $199 million.
– Benefit of Reduced Homeless Shelter Costs| SRR has estimated that 5,237 families annually could avoid shelter entry from anti-eviction legal services.
– Benefit of Affordable Housing Cost Savings| It is estimated that 3,414 units of rent-regulated, affordable housing will be preserved from providing legal counsel in eviction defense. Preserving these units results in savings of over $1.3 billion annually in replacement costs.
– Benefit of Unsheltered Homeless Cost Savings| As anti-eviction legal services has been estimated to reduce warrants of eviction by 77%, SRR has estimated the savings from Intro 214-A to the City from unsheltered homeless cost savings at approximately $9 million annually.
The report concludes that New York City would realize a benefit from Intro 214-A of $320 million annually.
PUBLICATION DETAILSFormat: Data, Research
Publication Type: Evaluation, Report
Geographic coverage, US: New York, STATES
Geographic coverage, World: North America
Topics: Benefits of Legal Aid: Economic & Social Return on Investment | Civil Right to Counsel | Data
Case type: Housing
Practice Area: Housing
Who Served: Homeless
How Provided: Legal Aid Attorneys, Pro Bono
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