MFY Supervising Attorney Maia Goodell and Staff Attorney Karla Johnson are among 41 Fellows who have been selected to participate in the 2016 Racial Justice Training Institute, a national training program or the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law that builds the capacity of low-income people’s advocates to deploy up-to-date racial justice advocacy skills […]
A report by MFY Legal Services an Housing Conservation Coordinators shows that Airbnb rentals are having a disastrous impact on NYC’s housing market and significantly contributing to the decrease in affordable units, especially in Manhattan and Brooklyn. More than half of Airbnb’s lists are illegal under city housing law, and 30% of listings are controlled […]
An upper West Side Single Room Occupancy (SRO) hotel was fined $65,000 for continuing to offer short-term stays to tourists in violation of a March court ruling that forbade it. Under the law, SROs cannot rent rooms for less than 30 days. MFY Legal Services has taken a leading role in the fight against illegal […]
Represented by MFY Legal Services, tenants in a Crown Heights building filed suit against their landlord on June 7, 2016, demanding an end to almost two years of unbearable living conditions. Tenants say the landlord began a gut renovation in February 2015 without proper building permits. Tenants have lived through periods with no heat or […]
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.”
Matthew Desmond's new book, Evicted, looks at the eviction epidemic in America, and the sobering facts of how housing costs impact poor families. Click here for a video on eviction narrated by the author. Click here to read an excerpt of the book.
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
Illegal Boarding House
Three-Quarter House Residents