Attorney of the Morning:
Eviction Defense at Buffalo City Court
The Volunteer Lawyers Project defends low-income clients in Landlord/Tenant proceedings through our Attorney of the Morning Program (AOM). This highly successful program, replicated across the country, helps vulnerable families in our community avoid homelessness.
If you are facing an eviction in the City of Buffalo, please show up at Court (Part 17 Buffalo City Court – 50 Delaware Ave.) on your scheduled date, sign in with the clerk and you will be asked if you would like to speak to a Volunteer Attorney.
VLP participates in Attorney of the Morning on Tuesday and Thursday mornings only.
If you have a scheduled court date for a Buffalo City eviction on a Monday, Wednesday, or Friday, please contact Neighborhood Legal Services at (716) 847-0650.
Please note the AOM Program through VLP only assists tenants in eviction proceedings on the day of court. Commitment to cases is for that morning only.
We have coordinators on-site to do client intake/screenings and to assist you. VLP paralegals or interns conduct client intake for income eligibility and clients consult with a VLP attorney who will assist them in negotiating a settlement with their landlord or in arguing their case in front of the judge.
AOM is also a valuable experience for our volunteer attorneys, providing them the opportunity to complete client intake, negotiate with opposing counsel, and argue before the court.
If you are an attorney interested in volunteering for AOM, Christine McMenamin, Senior Staff Attorney, at (716) 847-0662 ext. 348.
Housing Helpline (for Residents in Erie, Genesee, Orleans, Niagara and Wyoming Counties)
The Housing Helpline provides free legal advice and brief services over the phone on landlord/tenant matters to low-income residents living in Erie, Genesee, Orleans, Niagara and Wyoming Counties. Clients can get assistance with navigating an eviction proceeding, preparing a written answer, tips on negotiating with your landlord, and learning about their rights as tenants. If you have an eviction proceeding in the city of Buffalo, please see our Attorney of the Morning Program.
CALL US AT: 716-828-8460
Hours: The Helpline is open for intakes Monday* & Wednesday between 10am – 2pm. Call the Helpline during these hours and leave a detailed message about your housing question.
Individuals will be screened for income eligibility before getting an attorney call back within 48 hours. All Attorney callbacks will take place on a weekday between 10am – 2pm.
* = WNY Law Center will be handling calls.
The website below was developed, with the help of VLP, to provide know your rights information to tenants facing eviction in New York State.
Erie County Hub Court
Forms for Tenants:
The legal advice provided through the Helpline is limited to the phone consultation. The attorney will not represent you in court and will not contact your landlord or other agencies.