MFY clients Joyce Harden and Melissa Jaime, both victims of improper foreclosure procedures by Wells Fargo, are featured in news reports around NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s announcement of legal action against major banks for violating the national mortgage settlement agreement.
An article in DNA.info describes how MFY attorneys and Cardozo Law School students teamed up to help Hurricane Sandy victims. Students assisted MFY attorneys in helping clients while earning hours toward their requirement of 50 hours of pro bono service.
Fox News reports on cases challenging abusive debt collection practices, including MFY’s objections to a Midland Funding settlement and class action lawsuit, Sykes v. Mel S. Harris.
In testimony before the NYC Rent Guidelines Board, MFY urged the city to protect Single Room Occupancy dwellings, the housing of last resort for single New Yorkers living in poverty.
MFY supports New York State Assembly legislation to improve evacuation procedures for nursing homes and other facilities and offers suggestions to further improve safety for New Yorkers living in nursing homes, adult homes and similar facilities.
Workers who report dangerous conditions, unfair labor practices and other workplace problems have few protections. MFY urges the New York State legislature to strengthen laws to protect workplace whistleblowers.
In testimony to the NYS Assembly, MFY shows how credit report errors lead to denials of employment, housing and loans to low-income consumers and recommends steps to better protect consumers.
In testimony before the New York City Council on April 15, 2013, MFY urged the Council to take stronger action to combat increasing harassment of elderly tenants.
In testimony before the City Council today, MFY showed that credit reports present a barrier to employment for those who most need jobs and do not predict whether an prospective employee will do a good job.
MFY and other organizations affiliated with the Center for New York City Neighborhoods signed on to a letter urging the city to provide further assistance to address the legal needs of New Yorkers devastated by Superstorm Sandy as part of the city’s Action Plan for funding under the Community Development Block Grant.