In testimony before the New York City Council, MFY attorney Christopher Fasano praised the city’s efforts to protect homeowners with distressed mortgages through its Community Restoration Program and urged the city to pressure HUD to not sell mortgages in cases where homes can be saved through loan modifications and to increase nonprofit sales. MFY also […]
MFY joined scores of consumer, small business, labor, good government, financial protection, community, health environmental, civil rights and public interest groups in signing a letter on Monday, January 30, 2017 to senators urging them to oppose the use of the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to repeal public protections that are critical to ensuring consumer protections and […]
After years of organizing and advocacy by the Three-Quarter House Tenant Organizing Project (TOP), MFY Legal Services, Neighbors Together, VOCAL-NY and other advocates in the Three-Quarter House Reform Coalition, the New York City Council passed a package of five bills to protect tenants’ rights and rein in abusive three-quarter house operators. The bills prohibit landlords […]
MFY Legal Services joined disability advocates across the city in applauding the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s decision to keep the base fare on subways and buses at $2.75. MFY and other advocates had urged Governor Cuomo, who controls the MTA, to reject the fare hike, showing how the increase to $3 would have had a big […]
Jeanette Zelhof, MFY's Executive Director, leads a discussion on how the new administration's policies might affect our clients and all vulnerable New Yorkers.
MFY Legal Services is deeply concerned about the impact the new administration will have on our clients who are a diverse group of people who struggle every day to maintain housing, income and the precious few resources they have. They battle discrimination for who they are, push through each day with debilitating illnesses, have tenuous immigration status, and generally live on the margins of society. We are also deeply concerned their situations may become exacerbated by new federal policy. We will take this one day at a time and do all we can to affect law and policy, as we do every day at MFY. We are committed to equal justice for all, and we will stay focused on our mission and fight more than ever for our clients.
In a dignified message to the nation on January 10, 2017, President Barack Obama urged the country to be vigilant about our democratic processes and to try to be hopeful in the face of enormous challenges ahead. MFY Legal Services was born of one of the first anti-poverty programs in the country, and remains committed to our mission to achieve social justice, prioritizing the needs of people who are low-income, disenfranchised or have disabilities. We stand with the Shriver Center in expressing our concerns about the high rate of poverty in this country and about the president-elect’s nominees whose records and statements evince values to which we do not subscribe. We will advocate more than ever to preserve and expand the social safety net and civil rights for our clients.
MFY Legal Services Endorses
The Joint Statement from NLADA and the Shriver Center
Members of the legal aid and public defender community were horrified and outraged by the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. Two more Black lives taken by those who ostensibly serve and protect. We must find a better path toward justice for our society and for people of color. A first step for our community is to state firmly that we stand in solidarity with the Black community and against the racial inequality that still plagues our nation.
We affirm what should be undeniable—Black Lives Matter. The recurring violence against Black people is but an extreme manifestation of our society’s persistent racism, which denies the Black community, and other communities of color, the right and opportunity to be safe and healthy, to work and live with dignity, and to flourish. Read entire statement here.
If you have applied or tried to recertify for New York City Transit Authority's Access-A-Ride program, or if you will do so in the future, please read these important documents regarding a proposed settlement of a class action lawsuit: Proposed Settlement and Class Notice.
Tens of thousands of low-income New Yorkers who were victims of abusive debt collectors won an unprecedented victory on November 12, 2015 when a settlement was reached, ending a six-year battle to achieve justice for low-income New Yorkers whose bank accounts were restrained or wages garnished after default judgments based on “sewer service” were entered against them.
“Thousands of low-income people across the state suffered severe financial consequences as a result of the callous and illegal actions of the three sets of defendants,” said MFY Supervising Attorney Carolyn Coffey, who co-counseled the case with Senior Staff Attorney Ariana Lindermeyer, and with the New Economy Project and Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady. “We expect this settlement will have far-reaching consequences across the debt-collection chain and will help to put an end to predatory practices by debt buyers and the law firms and process serving companies that work with them.”
MFY Legal Services is changing its name to:
Our mission, values, and practice areas remain the same.
The new name will be official in late spring.
We envision a society in which there is equal justice for all.
Our mission is to achieve social justice, prioritizing the needs of people who are low-income, disenfranchised or have disabilities. We do this through providing the highest quality direct civil legal assistance, providing community education, entering into partnerships, engaging in policy advocacy, and bringing impact litigation.