MFY supports swift passage of the Consumer Credit Fairness Act (CCFA) (A. 4438), which would strengthen the pleading requirements in debt collection cases, enhance notice requirements, and require greater information when applying for a default judgment, thereby leveling the playing field for pro se litigants. CCFA will codify many of the provisions found in the [...]
A home health care worker formerly employed by First Care of New York, Inc. won class certification allowing his lawsuit against the agency on behalf of hundreds of home health care workers to proceed. The worker, represented by MFY Legal Services and Abbey Spanier LLP, charges that the agency failed to pay him the required [...]
Tens of thousands of New Yorkers who were never served legal papers in debt collection cases and had default judgments based on robosigned affidavits entered against them between 2006 and 2009 will have their day in court. In a suit brought on behalf of consumers by MFY Legal Services, the New Economy Project, and Emery [...]
In a new report, Here We Go Again: Communities of Color, the Foreclosure Crisis, and Loan Servicing Failures, MFY Legal Services (MFY) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) show that New York State communities of color are unnecessarily bearing the brunt of loan servicers’ modification failure, with no effective regulatory response from the government. [...]
Join us on Wednesday, June 11, 2015 for an exciting evening of cocktails and dinner at The Edison Ballroom, followed by a performance of “An American in Paris” at The Palace Theatre. This year’s event honors Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP for their pro bono work on behalf of adult home residents. More information here.
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