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. [...]
Vowing to continue their campaign to end illegal lockouts and evictions, three-quarter house tenants were joined by City Council Members Jumaane Williams and Steven Levin in demanding an end to abusive practices at a City Hall press conference on Oct. 14, 2014.
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.
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 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.
MFY Legal Services, The Legal Aid Society, and the law firm of Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto represent seven elderly residents of the Prospect Park Residence who filed a lawsuit today seeking a preliminary injunction and temporary restraining order to prevent the closure of this assisted living residence.Lawsuit Filed to Save the Homes of 120 [...]
A Staten Island homeowner, represented by MFY Legal Services, filed a federal lawsuit against Barclays Bank PLC, alleging it operated a predatory lending scheme that overwhelmingly targeted New York City’s minority homeowners. Read the complaint.
The Coalition for a Real Minimum Wage Increase, of which MFY is a member, obtained Freedom of Information Law data showing that the New York State Department of Labor is not keeping up with the need for enforcement of wage laws. A press conference to publicize the data was held on Wednesday, November 13, 2013, [...]
MFY’s Kinship Caregiver Law Project finds that grandparents provide 60% of informal kinship care, providing a caring home for children who otherwise would be placed in formal foster care. Yet they face formidable obstacles in navigating Family Court and getting the resources they need to provide for the children in their care.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, MFY and Cardozo Law School set up the Disaster Relief Law Field Clinic. By April 22, 2013, when the clinic held its final session, six students had worked with MFY attorneys to provide assistance to more than 500 hurricane victims.