MFJ in the News

Mobilization for Justice Speaks Out on Tenant Harassment

MFY Supervising Attorney Justin LaMort speaks out on the growing problem of landlord harassment of tenants by construction in this article in Fox Business.  Advocacy by tenant groups and legal services providers spurred the City Council to pass new laws protecting tenants from harassment and strengthening enforcement, and New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman …

Unaccompanied Immigrant Youth: Excluded from Food Security

MFJ Staff Attorney Ernie Collette exposes the challenges faced by unaccompanied immigrant youth in securing government assistance for food benefits in this article in the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal. While many of the thousands of young people arriving in the New York area seek and qualify for immigration relief through asylum, protection as a victim …

MFJ Blasts Forced Arbitration Clauses in Daily News Op-Ed

MFY Staff Attorney Ali Naini’s Op-Ed in today’s New York Daily News exposes the dangers consumers face when credit services, banks and other financial institutions include in their products forced arbitration clauses that prohibit consumers from participating in class action lawsuits to address egregious behavior, such as the recent hacking of Equifax’s database of consumers’ …

Abandoned Tenants Rally to Demand Housing Help

The Queens Times Ledger reported on a rally on Aug. 31 by three-quarter house tenants to fight the threat of homelessness after the NYS Attorney General charged directors of Interline with stealing over $2.3 million in a Medicaid kickback scheme. Tenants, whose housing is now in limbo, rallied to ask the City to provide Special …

City & State Investments in Predatory Mortgage Servicer Exposed

NBC News interviewed MFJ Attorney Christopher Fasano as part of its report on how Lone Star, a hedge fund, has been buying FHA mortgages and then giving African-American homeowners in NYC predatory loan modifications that will likely result in homeowners losing their homes within five years. Fasano also encouraged NBC News to investigate city and …

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 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 other …

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 …

MFY Urges City to Adopt Standards for Collecting Immigration Status

In testimony 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 all …

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