Rest in Power, Frances Goldin

Dear Cooper Square Committee Community,

Today we are remembering our fierce and inspiring co-founder, Frances Goldin.

On Saturday May 16th after a long gradual decline in health, Fran died in her home on East 11th Street, where she had lived for nearly 50 years. She was 95 years old.

Frances Goldin was an inspirational force for fair and affordable housing throughout New York City, but especially on the Lower East Side, for more than half a century. She was also a figure in the literary world, combining her political conviction with literary discernment and expertise. Fran was proudly radical, dedicating her long life to fighting against injustice and struggling to build a more equitable society. When she saw a wrong that needed to be addressed, she confronted it head-on, with boundless energy and with a combination of leftist conviction and the palpable warmth of human kindness and compassion. 

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What to know about evictions and paying rent

Our offices may be closed to the public during the COVID-19 crisis, but we’ve been hard at work (remotely) fielding many questions about paying rent and the evictions moratorium. Here’s what you need to know.
There is a statewide evictions moratorium for all residential and commercial tenants. The eviction moratorium means you cannot be evicted.
Rent has not been suspended. We know that unless tenants take collective action to #CancelRent now, Housing Court will simply reopen at the end of the moratorium with a surge of evictions.
Tenants are taking action and you can, too. Members of your community are signing the petition to #CancelRentwriting to elected officials, calling Governor Cuomo at 518-474-8390, and sharing their COVID-19 rent stories.
Free legal advice is available. Our legal non-profit partners have released a detailed FAQ for residential tenants and a similar FAQ for commercial tenants.
Rent strikes are a powerful tactic. Check out this toolkit to learn more about the history of rent strikes and help organize with your neighbors. If you are interested in organizing a rent strike or other building-wide action, call (212) 228-8210 or email to speak with a housing organizer about the issues you and your building are facing. 
Sign the Rent Suspension Petition

CSC offices closed during coronavirus epidemic

During the coronavirus epidemic, Cooper Square Committee’s staff continues to do our work helping tenants, small business owners, seniors and low income residents get the services they need. Starting Monday, March 16, 2020, our office is closed but our staff is working remotely and is prepared to assist you by phone or email. All tenant meetings are by conference call only. If you’re facing a housing emergency, please call 311. If you have a housing question which is not an emergency, leave a message at (212) 228-8210, or email We will respond to your message as soon as we can.
For urgent senior issues call our NORC emergency line at 929-855-0958. 

For up-to-date information about the coronavirus epidemic, call 311 or visit

We are not going away, and we hope to resume a normal office schedule as soon as public health officials advise that it is safe to do so. For up-to-date information about the coronavirus epidemic, call 311 or visit

Stay connected to your friends by phone and online. Let’s all take care of one another.

~ Steve Herrick, Executive Director