In written testimony to the NYS Department of Labor, MFY supports rule changes that would create strong worker protections and rein in abusive practices that are rampant in the payroll card industry. MFY supports provisions prohibiting employers from forcing workers to accept payroll cards, and banning high and hidden fees to access wages, and proposes [...]
In 2013 MFY submitted an amicus brief on behalf of 17 consumer advocates and organizations arguing that the city’s law requiring debt collectors to be licensed by the Department of Consumer Affairs should apply to attorneys as well as non-attorneys. The Court agreed finding that there was no conflict between the City’s law and the [...]
The Daily News reported on July 27, 2015 that 11 of 18 three-quarter houses operated by Narco Freedom may close after its CEO and son were indicted for an illegal Medicaid kickback scheme and other charges and it was found that the organization is operating at a severe loss. MFY Attorney Matthew Main commented that [...]
MFY Attorney Tanya Kessler won the restoration of a west side tenant to his now occupied apartment six years after his landlord evicted him on a bogus subletting charge. Although he tried to appear to defend himself despite being incarcerated, the Housing Court judge defaulted him. After he filed an order to show cause upon [...]
MFY honored Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP for their outstanding pro bono work on behalf of adult home residents. Lisa E. Cleary of Patterson and Andrew G. Gordon of Paul Weiss played leading roles in successful litigation that is changing the lives of thousands of people with mental illness. To view a video about this important work, click here.
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A new MFY report shows how young people raised by relatives are virtually shut out of higher education because financial aid forms require information they cannot provide. Long-Term Consequences of Kinship Care: Overcoming Obstacles to Higher Education Funding examines the root of the problem and offers recommendations to end the inequity.
MFY has updated "Nursing Homes and Alternatives,"originally published by Friends & Relatives of the Institutionalized Aged (FRIA). Called "the bible of long-term care for the elderly and their caregivers," this book has been used by many families to ensure that their relatives receive the care they deserve.
Three-Quarter Houses: The View from the Inside, a report by the Prisoner Reentry Institute (PRI) at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, reveals rampant building violations, dangerous overcrowding, and unlawful evictions in an unregulated industry that preys on people who have no other housing options. MFY’s Three-Quarter House Project partnered with PRI, residents and other advocates to help produce the report.
MFY envisions a society in which no one is denied justice because he or she cannot afford an attorney. To make this vision a reality, MFY provides free legal assistance to residents of New York City on a wide range of civil legal issues, prioritizing services to vulnerable and under-served populations, while simultaneously working to end the root causes of inequities through impact litigation, law reform and policy advocacy