Cuts cripple housing help

Residents looking for help with housing disputes must line up as early as 3 a.m to get assistance from cash-strapped community organizations in particularly vulnerable Upper Manhattan neighborhoods. Bleeding from cuts in government funding for housing assistance, community-based groups in Inwood and Washington Heights that once offered hundreds of residents help—with lease and rent disputes, landlord harassment and eviction orders—have trimmed their programs to a bare minimum.