Mobilization for Justice has been at the forefront of litigating and advocating on behalf of three-quarter house residents, including organizing three-quarter house residents. We work with a coalition of organizations concerned about abuses in these homes and support the following to address some of those abuses:
New York State
Amend the illegal lockout law to expressly provide coverage for licensees.
Create a housing subsidy for people in re-entry from jail or prison; or providing state funding to supplement the City’s SEPS homelessness-prevention subsidy.
Adopt a statewide “ban the box” law prohibiting housing discrimination on the basis of past contact with the criminal justice system.
Construction as Harassment
Mobilization for Justice is on the steering committee of Stand for Tenant Safety (STS), a coalition of community-based organizations, legal service agencies and tenant advocates working to document instances of “construction as harassment” and protect tenants by reforming the Department of Buildings (“DOB”). MFJ supports a suite of bills to address these concerns:
New York City
Int 918-2015: Instituting limitations on self-certification of building permits
Int 924-2015: Requiring issuance of orders to correct simultaneous with vacate orders
Int 926-2015: Creating a task force for construction work in occupied multiple dwellings
Int 930-2015: Expanding distressed buildings subject to foreclosure by action in rem
Int 931-2015: Providing that unpaid ECB judgments for certain Building Code violations constitute tax liens and subject building to foreclosure by the City
Int 934-2015: Creating real time enforcement unit in DOB
Int 936-2015: Requiring DOB oversight for tenant protection plans under the Construction Code
Int 938-2015: Increasing oversight of construction contractors who have engaged in work without a required permit
Int 939-2015: Increasing penalties against construction contractors for work without a permit in one or two-family dwellings
Int 940-2015: Increasing penalties for violation of a stop work order
Int 944-2015: Increasing oversight in buildings with violations for construction without a permit
Int 960-2015: Creating a Safe Construction Bill of Rights for occupied buildings
Mobilization for Justice plays a leadership role in both the consumer and bankruptcy areas in New York City and is an active member of New Yorkers for Responsible Lending, a state-wide coalition that promotes access to fair and affordable financial services and the preservation of assets for all New Yorkers. As part of various coalitions at the City, State, and Federal levels, we support the following legislative initiatives and proposals:
Support the Arbitration Fairness Act, H.R. 2087
Support a bill to amend the bankruptcy code to include discharging student loan debts
Support a bill to amend the bankruptcy code regarding the reporting of discharged debt
New York State
Support the Consumer Credit Fairness Act
Support a package of anti-predatory auto loan bills
Support a bill to prohibit the use of credit checks in employment decisions
Support a bill to ban sham trade schools from being eligible to receive TAP funds
Support a bill that would regulate private student loan servicing
New York City
Support a bill to amend the law governing Board of Education pension loan repayment requirements
Support bills to protect consumers from abusive conduct by landlords seeking debts post-eviction
Mobilization for Justice is a member of the Coalition of Reentry Advocates (CoRA), http://www.cora-ny.org/, a New York State coalition of advocates who work to change laws and policies to ensure that people who have had contact with the criminal justice system have a fair chance to succeed as full community members. A full list of CoRA’s legislative proposals is available at http://www.cora-ny.org/our-legislation.
CORA submitted commens in support of a new regulation, advanced by the State Department of Financial Services, which prohibits insurance companies from refusing to provide commercial crime insurance coverage to New York businesses that employ people with criminal convictions. Governor Cuomo approved the regulation, which took effect on July 1, 2017.
Mobilization for Justice support legislation that improves access to government benefits for vulnerable New Yorkers.
New York State
MFJ supports A4250 (Wright)/S3596 (Savino): Amend state law so that durational sanctions are discontinued thereby enabling people on public assistance to participate in work activities immediately upon compliance rather than requiring them to wait for periods up to six months.
Mobilization for Justice is a member of the Workers’ Protection Coalition, a group of advocacy, legal, and labor union organizations dedicated to improving the New York State Workers’ Compensation system for the benefit of all injured workers. We joined a December 5, 2016 Workers’ Protection Coalition letter, urging Governor Cuomo and the New York Legislature to promote justice for injured workers, including low-wage and immigrant populations. The letter calls for increased access to fair hearings, production of workers’ compensation documents in languages other than English, and defense of injured workers’ right to benefits.
Mobilization for Justice is a member of the SWEAT (Securing Wages Earned Against Theft) coalition, a growing group of grassroots organizations, workers centers, legal service providers and advocates fighting to ensure that New York’s workers are able to recover the wages they are owed by employers. This coalition is working for passage of the SWEAT bill, described below.
MFJ supports the SWEAT bill (most recently Assembly Bill No. 62 (Rosenthal) and Senate Bill No. S.579 (Peralta)) which will: (1) expand New York’s mechanic’s lien law to include all workers via the establishment of a wage lien; (2) allow workers to attach employer’s property prior to the resolution of a case for unpaid wages; and (3) hold the largest shareholders of an employer personally liable for wage theft.
DISABILITY & AGING RIGHTS
Mobilization for Justice is supporting several bills in the New York State Legislature and New York City Council that provide better protections for people with disabilities, including nursing home and adult home residents:
New York State (Note that some of the bill numbers below may change in the new session.)`
MFJ supports the NY/NY 4 Campaign which asks for 35,000 new apartments across New York State to prevent homelessness for people with mental illness.
A01548: Enacting the “safe staffing for quality care act” to require nursing homes to implement certain direct-care nurse to patient ratios in all nursing units.
A06390: Creating a temporary state commission to study and investigate the effects of closures of long term care facilities on the residents of such facilities and their families.
A07351: Requiring an enhanced level of informed consent before psychotropic medication can be prescribed for nursing home and adult home residents.
A00415: Preventing new residents from being admitted to nursing homes that are not providing safe and appropriate care.
A04160: Increasing the personal needs allowance for nursing home residents.
New York City
Res. No. 504 – Calling on the Governor and Mayor to approve a fourth “New York/New York Agreement” to create permanent supportive housing for people with mental illness