SRO Law Project
Intake hours: Thursdays, 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Contact the SRO Law Project:
Phone: (212) 799-9638
Address: 51 West 109 Street
New York, NY 10025
The Goddard Riverside SRO Law Project was founded in 1981 to provide free legal services and tenant organizing assistance to low-income residents of single room occupancy (SRO) buildings on Manhattan’s West Side. Preservation of SRO housing is essential because it is often the only housing available for some of the most vulnerable members of our society.
The project helps tenants solve a wide array of problems, including eviction, rent overcharge, harassment, illegal construction, lack of heat and hot water, and other poor building conditions. Owners often employ these as “emptying tactics” in order to convert their buildings to more profitable luxury, tourist or student use.
Today, the Project serves individuals and families through several initiatives:
- Free legal representation in non-payment, holdover and HP proceedings in Housing Court for SRO tenants living on the West Side of Manhattan from 14th Street to the top of Manhattan and apartment tenants living between 100-110th Streets from Broadway to Central Park West;
- Tenant organizing and legal advocacy for groups of tenants regarding their rights and how to represent themselves with their landlords before legislative bodies;
- Goddard Riverside/Columbia University Tenant Assistance Project for SRO and apartment tenants facing eviction and other housing problems in Manhattan Valley.
A gift to Goddard Riverside supports fair housing for individuals in our community. Donate now.