Envisioning a society
in which there is
justice for all

MOBILIZATION FOR JUSTICE, formerly MFY Legal Services, offers free legal assistance to low-income New Yorkers throughout New York City to resolve legal problems in the areas of housing, foreclosure, civil and disability rights, consumer, employment, government benefits, immigration, and kinship care.

NYC Tenants Will Now Have a Fighting Chance in Housing Court

After years of advocacy by Mobilization for Justice, Legal Services providers, tenants, community based groups, unions and others who came together as the Right to Counsel Coalition, the City Council voted on July 20, 2017 to establish a right to counsel in housing court for low-income tenants facing eviction.

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Mobilization for Justice Triples Anti-Eviction Services for Bronx Tenants

Over the past year, Mobilization for Justice has tripled the number of Bronx tenants whose affordable housing it helps preserve.

The Impact of the New Administration

Jeanette Zelhof, Executive Director; Orier Okumakpeyi, Senior Staff Attorney; Montel Cherry, Supervising Attorney; and Kevin Cremin, Director of Litigation, discuss Mobilization for Justice’s deep concerns about the impact the new administration will have on our clients who are a diverse group of people who struggle every day to maintain housing, income and the precious few …

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Former Narco Freedom Residents Still Wait for Housing

The Daily News reported on July 31, 2017 that many former residents of three-quarter houses operated by the corrupt Narco Freedom organization are still waiting for housing. Some 370 out of 1,200 former residents have successfully moved to permanent housing since 2015. Narco Freedom’s operators, Jason and Alan Brand, were arrested on Medicaid fraud and …

Government Report: HUD Improperly Sold Distressed Mortgages

On July 25, 2017 the New York Times reported that an Inspector General’s report shows that the Dept. of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) sold thousands of distressed mortgages to private equity firms and hedge funds without following proper rules for setting up the program.  The report buttresses arguments put forth by Mobilization for Justice …

Advocates Urge Governor to Declare State of Emergency for Access-A-Ride on Anniversary of ADA

Mobilization for Justice, which has been actively involved in challenging the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s failure to provide reliable and safe paratransit services for people with disabilities, joined the Access-A-Ride Reform Group (AARRG!) on July 26, 2017 in calling on New York Governor Cuomo to declare a state of emergency for Access-A-Ride.  AARRG! Members read from …

Success Story

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Mobilization for Justice Saves a Senior’s Home

Like many seniors throughout Manhattan, Patricia, age 88, was harassed by her landlord, who was determined to force her out of her rent-regulated apartment by making a series of unfounded allegations in an eviction proceeding. Our staff negotiated with the landlord who eventually signed a stipulation that abandoned all of the claims it made in his holdover petition. After her nightmare was over, Patricia’s son wrote to us: “Without great exaggeration, it is fair to say that the services … of the team at Mobilization for Justice were life-saving.”

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