New Yorkers for Responsible Lending, a 180-member coalition in which MFY plays a leading role, reaffirmed its commitment to the goal of financial justice for all New Yorkers and pledged to be a “firewall” against any federal backsliding on consumer financial protection, fair lending and marketplace oversight under the Trump administration.
A report released today by MFY Legal Services shows that New York’s Unified Court System is not effectively administering a program that would enable people with disabilities to access the court system and exercise their right to fully participate in court proceedings to which they are a party. The report details the specific problems of […]
MFY Legal Services has worked with a coalition of 17 organizations led by CSH to develop recommendations that help to improve access to supportive, affordable, public, and market rate housing for individuals leaving incarceration. If adopted, these policy reforms would end reliance on unstable and unsafe housing; improve access to supportive and other affordable housing […]
Housing advocates in New York City denounced Airbnb’s proposed Home Sharing Rules for New York in a statement released October 21, 2016, arguing that the rules are unenforceable and will legitimize Airbnb’s illegal business practices, which contribute to the loss of affordable housing, create unlivable conditions for tenants in residential buildings, and make unsuspecting tenants […]
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 mourns the death of Deborah Danner, a 66-year-old African-American woman who was shot by police who were called to her Bronx apartment after neighbors reported she was acting erratically. [Read entire statement here.]
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 envisions a society in which there is equal justice for all.
MFY’s 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.
Our practice areas include:
Mental Health Consumers
Adult Home Residents
Public Benefits Recipients
Nursing Home Residents
Three-Quarter House Residents