Advocates calling attention to local resources for tenants facing eviction

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — State and federal aid for preventing evictions are depleted, so the Tenant Defense Project is raising awareness about local resources for renters facing eviction.

This comes after New York State allowed its eviction moratorium to expire on Jan. 15.

The 24-hour 211 lifeline is there for those facing housing challenges or food insecurity, or in need of childcare, mental health services or help with utilities.

"I want to underscore the point that the worst thing you can do is nothing," said Deputy County Executive for Health and Human Services Corinda Crossdale. "Stable, safe housing is not a privilege, it’s a right. So we’re asking those in our community today to please take action."

Tenants are encouraged to call the Tenant Defense Project at 585-504-6195. It may be able to provide a lawyer free of charge to those who need one.