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Housing and Shelter

Lawyers Alliance helps to create thousands of units of affordable and special needs housing, while working to increase services for homeless families and adults.

Clients include nonprofit affordable housing developers, housing development fund corporations, providers of neighborhood housing services, and supportive housing organizations serving special needs populations such as domestic violence survivors or the disabled. We also represent nonprofits that provide or advocate for food, shelter, and other social services.

Running an outreach center to process homeless clients requires a location that is central to the neighborhood served. For Goddard Riverside Community Center, a nonprofit organization that provides social, educational, and legal services to homeless people and other populations, finding a suitable location in lower Manhattan proved quite challenging. The proximity to the Financial District and Tribeca meant that rents were high and landlords unwilling to accommodate the foot traffic generated by a homeless outreach center. More than one landlord backed out of a lease deal when they realized the nature of Goddard's clients. A pro bono attorney from Kaye Scholer LLP has represented Goddard in negotiations for a variety of leases and recently worked through the obstacles presented downtown, enabling Goddard to secure the needed space.

"When some landlords hear the term 'homeless,' they shy away from the transaction. Our pro bono attorney made a point of understanding how our homeless outreach team works so that he could negotiate the necessary terms with potential landlords."

- Goddard Riverside Community Center representative