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Hitting Home: Help Us Report on Eviction in New York City

THE CITY and Retro Report are teaming to cover the impending eviction crisis in the city. If you’re a tenant behind in rent or a landlord facing financial hardships because of the COVID-19 economic fallout, we want to hear from you.

A bedsheet hung in Crown Heights, Brooklyn speaks to tough economic times during the coronavirus outbreak, May 29, 2020.
A bedsheet hung in Crown Heights, Brooklyn speaks to tough economic times during the coronavirus outbreak, May 29, 2020.
Hiram Alejandro Durán/THE CITY

Millions of people across the country risk losing their homes when eviction moratoriums expire. And many landlords face financial losses from months of nonpayment of rent.

Here in New York, eviction protections are extended through the rest of the year for tenants who can demonstrate they are facing financial hardships due to COVID-19. The extension of the Tenant Safe Harbor Act bars the courts from issuing eviction warrants for unpaid rent but allows landlords to seek money judgements.

Despite the protections, some tenants are still facing eviction or harassment. THE CITY is working on multiple fronts to cover this ongoing, unfolding crisis. And we need your help.

If you owe back rent, are worried about getting evicted (or know someone who is) or have questions about what’s happening, we want to hear from you. Please fill out our short questionnaire below.

We’re also teaming with Retro Report on “Hitting Home,” a reporting project that examines the process and impact of evictions, providing historical context for the nation’s persistent lack of affordable, safe housing. The series includes five short documentaries, spanning three cities, including New York.

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