What Is Safe Homes - Safe Streets?
The Safe Homes - Safe Streets Initiative is a partnership between landlords, tenants, homeowners, and law enforcement to eliminate the criminal element that conducts its illegal activities within private dwellings through an aggressive use of the power of eviction. It consists of three elements:
- Landlord Training
- Trespass Affidavit Program
- Narcotics Eviction Program
The Safe Homes - Safe Streets Initiative has:
- Trained more than 600 Landlords
- Registered 545 Homes in the Trespass Affidavit Program
- Evicted 42 Problem Tenants
- Been asked to apply for the Innovations Award, heralded as the premier public-sector honor in the nation given annually to programs that serve as examples of creative and effective government at its best. The Award is administered by the Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Why is this program necessary?
When a criminal decides to do his business in an apartment building, he deprives the existing tenants of their right to the peaceful enjoyment of their own homes. Drug dealers create loud foot traffic at all times of the day and night and can be physically intimidating. The result is that honest peace-loving tenants move out, leaving the landlord with reduced incomes and the tenants searching for new homes.
The Safe Homes - Safe Streets Initiative involves a coalition of tenants, landlords, and law enforcement.
Specific participants include:
- The Office of the Albany County District Attorney
- The Albany Police Department
- United Tenants
- Albany Housing Authority
- Albany County Department of Social Services
- Watervliet Housing Authority
- Albany County Rural Housing Alliance, Inc.
Documents for Downlaod
Trespass Affidavit Program Notification Letter
Agency Commitment Form
Please return all forms to:
Albany County District Attorney’s Office
Albany County Judicial Center, 6 Lodge Street, 4th Floor, Albany, New York 12207
Attention: Trespass Affidavit Program