New York Times Report Draws Attention to Abusive Three-Quarter House Industry

MFY’s work to defend residents of three-quarter houses and end abusive practices was recognized in a major exposé in the New York Times on May 31, 2015. Staff from MFY’s Three-Quarter House Project worked with the Times reporter over a period of many months and facilitated interviews with members of the Three-Quarter House Tenant Organizing Project (TOP), a group initiated by MFY and Neighbors Together, a community organization in Brooklyn. The article exposed how operators exploit tenants, get kickbacks from treatment providers, and force tenants to “relapse” and re-enter treatment in order to keep their room. The deBlasio administration announced the creation of a task force to address the problem.