Reports

ADULT HOMES

An Analysis of the Quality Incentive Payment Program for Adult Homes
New York State’s QUIP program was designed to improve the quality of care to the poorest residents of adult homes. MFY’s December 2006 analysis shows that the millions of taxpayer dollars handed over to operators have resulted in few improvements for residents.

CONSUMER

Justice Disserved: A Preliminary Analysis of the Exceptionally Low Appearance Rate by Defendants in Lawsuits Filed in the Civil Court of the City of New York
MFY’s June 2008 review of civil court data in four New York City boroughs raised the red flag on “sewer service” by debt collectors and prompted widespread reform in the licensing of debt collection agencies and the procedures that must be followed by process servers.

Debt Deception: How Debt Buyers Abuse the Legal System to Prey on Lower-Income New Yorkers
This May 2010 report, a collaborative effort by MFY and other legal services providers, exposes the abuses of the consumer debt collection industry and puts forth an agenda for reform.

FORECLOSURE

Stalled Settlement Conferences: Banks Frustrate New York’s Foreclosure Settlement Conferences
A new report by MFY, LSNYC and JASA documents how banks routinely violate the law and harm homeowners by failing to appear at conferences prepared to negotiate a settlement and calls upon courts to rigorously enforce the settlement conference law.

Justice Unsettled: How the Foreclosure Shadow Docket & Discontinuances Prevent New Yorkers from Saving Their Homes
Justice Unsettled, a follow-up report to Justice Deceived, shows how the shadow docket continues to grow and that thousands of homeowners continue to be denied access to settlement conferences where they can negotiate an affordable loan modification.

Justice Deceived: How Large Foreclosure Firms Subvert State Regulations Protecting Homeowners
Justice Deceived shows how large foreclosure firms subvert state regulations protecting homeowners by failing to file documents that move the case to a judge’s docket, trigger a state-mandated settlement conference, and alert housing counseling agencies that a homeowner needs assistance. Instead, cases remain in “limbo,” while the bank rejects mortgage payments and charges the homeowner fees and interest.

HOUSING

Keeping Your Pet in a NYC Apartment:
A Tenant’s Guide to New York City’s Pet Laws

As landlords increasingly used the presence of animals in apartments to bring eviction proceedings against the elderly and people with disabilities, MFY joined forces with Community Access in 2008 to educate tenants on the law and how to exercise their right to keep pets.

KINSHIP CARE

Long-Term Obstacles of Kinship Care: Overcoming Obstacles to Higher Education Funding
This report shows how misinformation given to grandparents and others who care for related children outside of the foster care system can lead to decisions that result in significant barriers to securing financial aid for post-secondary education.

Removing Barriers to Successful Kin Caregiving
Compared to foster care parents, kinship caregivers receive little support. This report, released in June 2009 by the NYC Kincare Task Force, which is co-chaired by MFY, describes the barriers faced by caregivers and offers practical recommendations to improve performance by city agencies.

2011 Report: Kinship Care in New York: Keeping Families Together
This report compiles recommendations from professionals and caregivers who attended the June 2010 Kincare Summit in Albany, New York, including recommendations for expanded legal assistance for kinship caregivers.

WORKPLACE JUSTICE

Making Small Claims Court Work for New York: A Report on Workers’ Experiences Filing Claims for Unpaid Wages in NYC’s Small Claims Courts
Although workers are generally successful in securing judgments against employers for unpaid wages, few ever receive the wages they are owed. MFY’s 2006 report reveals serious problems with enforcement and calls for legislative and judicial reforms to protect workers.

Protecting New York Workers: How the State Department of Labor Can Improve Wage & Hour Enforcement
As a member of the Campaign to End Wage Theft, MFY helped to expose rampant wage theft in the state’s low-wage industries and to develop six recommendations for improving enforcement of wage and hour laws by the New York State Department of Labor.

Protecting Workers’ Right to Be Paid: A Guide for Advocates
This user-friendly guide for advocates presents New York State’s wage and hour laws in clear language and takes advocates through the steps needed to help workers recover unpaid wages and exercise their rights under the law.

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