At a Civil Hearing on March 22, 2107, Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis, after summarizing a decade of litigation on behalf of adults with mental illness living in adult homes, criticized New York State representatives for using the courts to undermine a class action settlement that compelled the state to provide 2,000 units of supportive housing–and […]
In an article in Behavioral Healthcare Executive, MFY Staff Attorney Matthew Main spoke about the importance of recent City Council legislation that increased protections for three-quarter residents, especially the law prohibiting three-quarter house operators from compelling residents to attend treatment programs or get medical services. Operators often get kickbacks from treatment providers and then evict […]
After New York State took actions that appeared to be calculated to scuttle a settlement that gives over 5,000 people with mental illness the opportunity to leave institutions and live in the community, the NYS Attorney General requested court permission to withdraw as attorney representing the Governor, New York State, and several state officials in […]
A new report, The Face of Airbnb, New York City, by Inside Airbnb, a member of the Coalition against Illegal Hotels, documents the role that Airbnb plays in the gentrification of historically black and brown neighborhoods and the disproportionate benefit obtained by white hosts. An earlier report by MFY and Housing Conservation Coordinators showed how […]
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.
We are accepting applications through March 10 for law students seeking placement as Poverty Justice Solutions Fellows to work in our Housing Unit. MFY’s Housing Unit provides legal services to prevent evictions, stop harassment and improve housing conditions for low-income tenants throughout New York City, with a focus on the Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan. Fellows will work in a dynamic environment, and engage in all aspects of lawyering from client intake (in the courthouse, at community outreach clinics and on an intake line), to case preparation, and appearing in courts and administrative agencies. Other practice areas at MFY include government benefits, immigration, employment, consumer, bankruptcy employment, foreclosure and family law for kinship caregivers. Please send cover letter, resume and writing sample to email@example.com.
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.