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 [...]
In a July 22 article on DNAinfo New York, MFY supervising attorney Chris Schwartz sheds light on the illegal tactics that NYC landlords use to evict tenants from rent-stabilized apartments.
Real NY features an interview with MFY attorney Evan Denerstein on consumer law in New York, in which he provides guidance and information about how to handle debt collection matters and where consumers can go to get help.
MFY Legal Services urged the Federal Communications Commission to set reasonable limits on the high costs of telephone calls from inmates to their families, showing how high costs often prevent an inmate from having contact with children, potentially jeopardizing the inmate’s parental rights and harming children.
On June 24, 2014, NBC News at 7 highlighted the new medical-legal partnership between MFY and Bellevue Hospital Center’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Department designed to help families resolve health-harming legal problems and aid the recovery of children and youth with mental illness.
Children and adolescents receiving treatment at Bellevue Hospital’s Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry will receive free legal assistance to resolve public benefits and education problems through a new medical-legal partnership between Bellevue and MFY Legal Services.
Thousands of seniors in rent-regulated apartments in New York City are unaware of the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE). MFY is conducting trainings for seniors at community organizations in lower Manhattan in June and July. Click here for the schedule.
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 Attorney Dinah Luck shows the importance of emotional support animals in promoting the wellbeing of people with mental illness and outlines how advocates can successfully advocate for clients who live in no-pets housing in an article in the May-June issue of Clearinghouse Review.
MFY filed suit on behalf of elderly Chinatown tenants who are seeking an injunction and damages after their landlord repeatedly brought eviction cases against them for rent they did not owe. Read complaint here.