Comptroller Stringer Calls For More Interpreters, Language Help In Housing Courts

 

This map shows the locations of foreign-born city residents, by country of origin.  Map courtesy NYC OEM, source 2005-2009 American Community Survey

 

 

 

” Tenants’ advocates say that wait times for interpreters can extend for many hours and sometimes force postponements to other days. As a result, litigants often succumb to landlord attorneys who push them to negotiate outside courtrooms without an interpreter.

  The number of foreign-born residents has increased drastically over the last four decades. In 1970, roughly 18 percent of New Yorkers were foreign-born. In 2010, that figure was up to 37 percent, according to the Census and the NYC Department of City Planning.

  Roughly half of the city’s residents speak a language other than English at home. A quarter of New York City residents — $1.8 million – are not English proficient, according to the Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Affairs. “

 

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