Mobilization for Justice’s programs reach individuals and families facing crises on basic issues, such as housing, government benefits, employment, health care, consumer debt, children’s education and family issues. Our practice areas include:
Access-A-Ride: MFJ helps seniors and people with disabilities to access appropriate transportation, such as Access-A-Ride, and to challenge denials or termination of service.
Adult Home Advocacy: MFJ provides advocacy and trainings to adult home residents throughout New York City and pursues individual and affirmative litigation on issues affecting residents’ abilities to integrate into the community.
Bankruptcy: MFJ helps low-income New Yorkers alleviate crushing debt so they can avoid financial ruin and homelessness and get a fresh financial start.
Children with Mental Illness: MFJ assists children with mental illness and their families through medical-legal partnerships with Bellevue, Kings County and Harlem Hospitals to obtain education supports for the children and to stabilize the families if they face housing, immigration or other legal problems.
Consumer Rights: MFJ provides advice, counsel and representation to low-income New Yorkers on a wide range of consumer issues, including debt, improper judgments, identity theft, student loans, financial scams, or other forms of financial exploitation.
Disaster Response: MFJ provides legal assistance to low-income New Yorkers affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Foreclosure Prevention: MFJ provides legal assistance to New York City homeowners facing foreclosure or who are victims of foreclosure rescue scams or abusive loan servicing practices. The project focuses on helping homeowners in hard-hit areas of Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.
Government Benefits: MFJ assists individuals with legal problems relating to Public Assistance, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps), Medicaid/Medicare, and Supplemental Security Income/Social Security Disability benefits.
Housing: MFJ offers advice, counsel and representation to low-income tenants in Brooklyn, the Bronx and Manhattan to prevent evictions and to protect tenants’ rights in obtaining repairs to make apartments and buildings habitable. We also provide trainings on tenants’ rights and partner with neighborhood-based organizations that assist and organize tenants.
Housing – Manhattan Seniors: MFJ helps Manhattan seniors age in place in their own homes by preventing evictions, securing benefits and resolving related legal problems.
Housing – SRO Residents: MFJ defends the rights of Single Room Occupancy tenants facing eviction and confronting illegal conversions of their buildings.
Housing – Three-Quarter House Tenants: MFJ works to improve the conditions of people living in three-quarter houses (also known as illegal boarding houses) and protect their rights as tenants through individual and class action litigation. Through organizing and advocacy we also work to support people living in these unhealthy and exploitative houses, and to change the laws affecting three-quarter houses.
Immigration: MFJ provides direct advocacy and representation to low-income individuals and families seeking assistance in either humanitarian- or family-based immigration matters.
Kinship Caregivers: MFJ represents low-income kinship caregivers seeking legal custody, guardianship or adoption assistance, and links those it cannot help with private pro bono attorneys and trains these attorneys to represent families in court. We also assist kincare families in securing public benefits to which they are entitled, including immigration through Special Immigrant Juvenile Status.
Mental Health Consumers: MFJ assists people with mental illness living in the community by providing advice, counsel and representation on housing, public benefits, disability rights, consumer, and other matters, to ensure that mental health consumers do not end up homeless or hospitalized.
Nursing Home Residents: MFJ provides information, advice, and advocacy for nursing home residents and their families and provides legal representation in areas such as abuse and neglect, civil rights violations, improper discharge planning and unfair consumer practices.
Re-Entry to the Workforce: MFJ helps individuals re-enter the workforce by representing them in hearings to obtain licenses to work.
Taxpayer Assistance: MFJ provides legal counsel and representation to low-income New Yorkers who have tax disputes with the IRS.
Workplace Justice: MFJ provides legal assistance to low-wage and immigrant workers on wage and hour violations, unpaid wages, unemployment, and other employment-related issues, trains workers on their rights, and promotes better enforcement of protections for workers.
Workplace Safety and Health: MFJ provides advice, counsel and representation to workers injured on the job or who face unsafe or unhealthy working conditions, including workers’ compensation claims, medical leave, and disability accommodations.