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. [...]
After three children ran away from their adoptive parent, their older brother took them in and secured legal guardianship. But the city kept paying a subsidy to the adoptive parent. The Bronx Family Court ordered the adoptive parent the pay back and ongoing support to the older brother, who was struggling to provide for his [...]
MFY attorney Chantal Hernandez won an important victory for homeowners in foreclosure with a decision by the Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department that holds that a bank’s failure to follow federal government regulations constitutes a failure to negotiate in good faith. The court also agreed that tolling of interest on the mortgage while the bank [...]
In August 2014, MFY and Legal Services-NYC submitted an amicus brief to the New York Court of Appeals in the case of Santiago-Monteverde v. Pereira, arguing that a rent-stabilized lease should be exempt from a debtor’s bankruptcy estate as a “local public assistance benefit.” The New York Court of Appeals agreed today, helping to end [...]
9% to 23% Salary Hikes for Attorneys, Fully-Paid Health Care for All, Expanded Parenting Leave and Increases to 403(b) Plan
MFY Legal Services and UAW/LSSA Local 2320 reached agreement on February 23, 2015 on a new three-year contract. The agreement will result in salary increases over three years of 9% to 23% for staff attorneys; 10% to 21% for social workers; and 11% to 19% for paralegals and administrative assistants, and 10% for Law Graduates. These increases include additional percentage increases to the “step system” for administrative assistants and paralegals. In addition, employer contributions to the 403(B) pension plan will increase by .5% to 6.5% for all employees after one year of service.
MFY also offered an expansion of its current paid parenting leave benefit to include 40 days (eight weeks) of paid parenting leave with the option to add an additional 20 days (four weeks) using accrued sick or annual leave, in addition to 20 to 30 days (four to six weeks) disability time and annual leave accrued up to 60 days (twelve weeks). Health insurance benefits would be fully paid for by MFY for five months (in addition to time on disability). In return, the union accepted four of MFY’s administrative proposals.
MFY Executive Director Jeanette Zelhof said the contract "expands on an already generous compensation package, and gives MFY administrative changes that we need to run our nonprofit more efficiently" and will "allow MFY to continue to expand much needed legal services to underserved communities."
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