As a result of MFY Legal Services’ work in documenting tenant harassment by Marolda Properties and bringing together community groups to challenge these abuses, New York State’s Tenant Protection Unit (TPU) has subpoenaed the company. The TPU will investigate allegations of bogus housing court cases that largely targeted elderly and Chinese-speaking tenants, as well as [...]
A Brooklyn Housing Court Judge ruled that Back on Track Group, a three-quarter house that evicted MFY Legal Services’ client in July, was not exempt from New York administrative rules preventing unlawful evictions and ordered the resident reinstated. The Judge’s decision said that the license agreement tenants are required to sign does not invalidate their [...]
After a NYC landlord sought to evict a tenant, MFY attorney Brian Sullivan convinced the court to dismiss the case based on the landlord’s failure to explain why it did not know the legal status of the persons occupying the apartment. The landlord claimed in its Notice of Termination that the respondents were “trespassers/squatters and/or [...]
On July 14, 2014, a Manhattan judge awarded two street food cart vendors over $60,000 in unpaid wages, overtime, and penalties. The decision found that the vendors, represented by MFY Legal Services, had worked 12 hours per day, six days per week in all types of weather, including severe snow conditions. The vendors often received [...]
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 celebrated its 51st anniversary on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 with a gala Dinner-Theatre Benefit honoring Governor Howard Dean. The festivities began with cocktails and dinner at The Edison Ballroom, followed by Bullets Over Broadway at the St. James Theatre. Thirty major law firms participated in the event, which raised funds to support MFY's work. Pictured above are Jeanette Zelhof, MFY Executive Director; Robert Harwood, partner at Harwood Feffer LLP and MFY Board Chair; and Governor Howard Dean.
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 released October 17, 2013 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's 50th Anniversary Alumni Reunion was held on Sept. 26, 2013. To see photos, listen to panel presentation and stay connected, click here.
MFY marked its 50th anniversary with a Gala on June 13, 2013 at Capitale in lower Manhattan. Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman presented awards to Judge Judith S. Kaye and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom for their commitment to expanding access to justice for the poor. The evening's master of ceremonies was Harry Smith, NBC Correspondent. Click here for photos.
Click here to see externs from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP and Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP speak about their experiences preserving affordable housing for low-income New Yorkers (four-minute video).
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