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NYPI Launches New Landlord-Tenant Mediation Project in Partnership with NYC and other local CDRCs

New York Peace Institute is excited to announce the launch of a new program – the Landlord-Tenant Mediation Project – that is a direct response to COVID-19 and the adverse impact it has had on NYC tenants’ ability to maintain their homes. This new project, developed and implemented by NYPI in partnership with the City of New York and other local non-profit Community Dispute Resolution Centers (CDRCs), will serve hundreds of New Yorkers each month by addressing rent-related and other housing issues in a mediation setting outside of the housing court system, with a focus on neighborhoods most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Breaking Bread Building Bonds

New York Peace Institute is thrilled to be part of the new Breaking Bread, Building Bonds Initiative from Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. 

The initiative will organize 100 dinners hosted by NYC residents that include ten “everyday people” each representing various ethnicities, identities, and faiths. New York Peace Institute has been invited to share tips for dinner hosts and help them prepare to facilitate conversations. To that end, we have developed a tip sheet and will host info sessions and trainings for hosts throughout the year. 

You can learn more about this important new initiative and sign up to be a host or participant by clicking here: https://www.brooklyn-usa.org/breaking-bread/

Mediation Pilot Program in Brooklyn: Resolving Licensee Holdover Claims in Housing Court

By: Nick Schmitt, Program Manager

Just like our city, Housing Court can be an overcrowded and confusing place to navigate, especially for unrepresented parties. Chief Judge Janet DiFore recently formed a Special Commission to recommend improvements to NYC’s Housing Court, which is described in the Commission’s 2018 report as “one of the busiest and most overburdened courts in the nation.”*

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