MFJ in the News

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 …

MFY Joins Univision Panel on Immigrants’ Rights

MFY Attorney Ernie Collette shared his knowledge of immigration law with a panel of experts at a forum organized by Univision on February 16, 2017. Immigrants from around the New York metropolitan area called in their questions and the panel provided timely and accurate information to New Yorkers who voiced concerns and anxieties resulting from …

MFY Joins Amicus Brief to SCOTUS on Criminal Conviction Expungement

MFY Legal Services joined 23 other non-profit organizations in an amicus brief filed in the U.S. Supreme Court on February 10, 2017, concerning expungement of federal criminal convictions, and whether and in what circumstances a judge has the power to grant a petition to expunge. Doe v. USA challenges a decision by the 2nd Circuit …

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