Providing Legal Support to Ensure Safe, Healthy Housing During the COVID-19 Pandemic
July 29, 2020
The global coronavirus has brought uncertainty and anxiety into people’s lives, workplaces, and neighborhoods, particularly for those who work to improve the health of our communities.
During this difficult time, many organizations across New York State are working tirelessly to keep people safe, especially the most vulnerable. In response, NYSHealth is supporting statewide and local efforts to address emerging health care and public health needs in the wake of the pandemic. In 2020, NYSHealth awarded TakeRoot Justice a grant to help ensure residents of East Harlem, Brownville, and the Lower East Side have access to safe, healthy housing and public spaces during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Under this grant, TakeRoot Justice will offer technical assistance and support to community-based organizations Good Old Lower East Side, Isabahlia Ladies of Elegance in Brownsville, and the Holmes-Isaac Coalition in East Harlem. TakeRoot Justice will provide legal support and counsel to these organizations and to resident leaders and associations as they negotiate contracts and advocate for safe, healthy living conditions and community spaces, including proper air ventilation and purification, reliable power and light, and improved sanitation. It will also engage in community outreach to gather testimonies of residents’ experiences and additional housing needs.