News & Press

New Reports Call for Changes in Access-A-Ride

MFY Staff Attorney Nahid Sarooshyari commented in an article in AM New York on recommendations in changes to Access-A-Ride to make service easier and more efficient. MFY recently settled a class action lawsuit with New York City Transit requiring the agency to provide the reasons for denying services and to continue services during the appeals […]

MFY Aids Tenants Suing Slumlord for Creating Illegal SRO

MFY is representing a group of tenants at 80 New York Avenue in Brooklyn who are suing their landlord for renting out individual rooms in apartments, alleging illegal deregulation and rent overcharges. In a scheme proliferating in many gentrifying neighborhoods, landlords convince single adults desperate for an affordable place to live to co-sign a lease. […]

HUD’s Discriminatory Mortgage Sales Are Topic on BRIC-TV

In this video from BRIC-TV, Elizabeth Lynch, Supervising Attorney at MFY Legal Services, and David Quart, Deputy Commission of Strategy, Research and Communications at NYC’s Depaertment of Housing Preservation & Development speak on how homeowners with mortgages in private hands are more likely to be foreclosed, and why the homeowners most affected by HUD’s mortgage […]

Judge Approves Final Settlement to Change Unfair Access-A-Ride Policies

A federal judge approved the settlement of a class action lawsuit filed by five New Yorkers with disabilities against New York City Transit (NYCT) yesterday. The suit challenged NYCT’s unconstitutional policies of Access-A-Ride, the City’s paratransit service for people with disabilities. Plaintiffs were represented by MFY Legal Services and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. Under […]

African-American Homeowners Charge HUD with Discrimination

African-American homeowners whose government-guaranteed mortgages were auctioned by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) to the highest bidder filed a class action lawsuit on Friday in federal court, exposing the discriminatory impact of HUD’s Note Sale Program, compelling HUD to review the disparate racial impact of the Program and demanding that HUD […]

The Theft of Affordable Housing

MFY Supervising Attorney Justin La Mort explores how rent-stabilized apartments are disappearing as a result of fraudulent individual apartment improvements in the current issue of the NYU Review of Law & Social Change. The article shows how these phony improvements are are exacerbating the city’s affordable housing crisis and recommends several legal and policy changes […]

MFY Attorneys Selected for Groundbreaking Race-Equity Training

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 […]

New Report Shows Illegal Airbnb Rentals Overtaking NYC Housing Market

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 […]

SRO Hotel Fined for Illegal Rentals

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 […]

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