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V.I.D. Tenants Clinic switching to online and phone sessions

BY ED YUTKOWITZ | COVID-19 has exacerbated the confusion and uncertainty of tenants facing eviction, repairs, leases and other housing issues.

To make these tenants lives easier, the volunteer attorneys at the Village Independent Democrats Tenants Clinic are now providing their services online and by telephone.

The clinic’s attorneys can educate tenants on their rights, resources that are available to them and how to navigate the court system. The clinic doesn’t provide legal representation, but it can help tenants determine if they should engage an attorney.

(Photo by Ed Yutkowitz)

The oldest progressive political club in New York City, Village Independent Democrats has been running a tenants clinic for many years. Normally, the clinics are held at V.I.D.’s clubhouse at 26 Perry St. in the West Village.

But for the foreseeable future, clinic sessions will be held remotely, either by telephone or through Zoom or other video applications on Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sessions generally run for 15 minutes per client.

For information or to set up an appointment, it’s best to e-mail tenantsclinic@villagedemocrats.org. Or you can leave a message at 212-741-2994.

A representative from the clinic will get back to clients to arrange for video or phone conferences.

For more information, visit VillageIndependentDemocrats.org.

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