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 and Montel Cherry, Supervising Attorneys; 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 resources they …

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MFY Legal Services Becomes Mobilization for Justice

It’s official! MFY Legal Services (MFY), which began in 1963 as the legal arm of Mobilization for Youth, a large anti-poverty program on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, has changed its name to Mobilization for Justice. Our new name honors our past as part of Mobilization for Youth and reflects our expanded focus. Read …

MFY Sues State Health Dept. for Information on Recent Nursing Home Closures

Alarmed that the New York State Department of Health (DOH) failed to protect residents of two nursing homes that were purchased, closed and then sold to luxury housing developers, MFY Legal Services, Inc. (MFY) filed suit in Supreme Court of New York County today challenging the DOH’s refusal to release documents related to its interactions …

MFY Urges City to Adopt Standards for Collecting Immigration Status

In testimony today before the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs and other agencies, MFY Supervising Attorney Maia Goodell urged that the city adopt clear standards for all agencies, including law enforcement, to ensure that immigration status is not collected unless essential, that personal information is safeguarded to the maximum extent possible, and that …

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. Our staff negotiated with the landlord who eventually signed a stipulation that abandoned all of the claims he 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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