Did you know there's a law that protects tenants facing eviction

A law called The Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act (PTFA) can help families facing eviction in a foreclosed building. The law requires the new owner (even if it is the bank) to give you at least 90 days notice before you have to leave. If you are a tenant with a lease, the new owner … Read moreDid you know there's a law that protects tenants facing eviction

Finding help if you're a domestic violence victim in NY

For many victims of domestic violence, the daily pain and harassment becomes a shameful secret; making it hard to speak up about it.  Trapped in a vicious cycle of physical and/or verbal abuse, it is unfortunate that many of these victims of domestic violence are never able to escape and instead lose their lives at … Read moreFinding help if you're a domestic violence victim in NY

Foreclosure scams target people struggling with their mortgages

At 8.5%, New York has one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation.  One of the effects of unemployment is that homeowners throughout NY may also be struggling to pay their home mortgages and may even be facing foreclosure.  Unfortunately, there are many fraudulent companies out there that are keeping a close look at … Read moreForeclosure scams target people struggling with their mortgages

How to find legal aid or low-cost legal help in NY

Last week, the New York Civil Liberties Union released a report focused on five New York counties.  The report highlighted how New York state is failing to provide legal aid to the poor.  The unfortunate conclusion of the report was: that in New York state, justice is “only available to those who can afford it.“ … Read moreHow to find legal aid or low-cost legal help in NY

Housing discrimination on the rise!

Its not a surprise that New York City housing complaints have been on the rise.  This is especially true for low-income tenants who receive a government subsidy to use for rent. Even though the City Council voted to prohibit discrimination in housing based on the tenant’s source of income, complaints to the New York City … Read moreHousing discrimination on the rise!

Short guide for seniors living in poverty

A recent study found that 15% of seniors in the US are living in poverty.  Women and people of color who are seniors have an even higher percentage of living in poverty.  As an increasing number of Baby Boomers face retirement in the next 20 years, today is a good time to start thinking about … Read moreShort guide for seniors living in poverty

Bullying by any other name would be as hurtful: Stop Cyberbullying

Every adult around the world probably has some sort of bullying story to tell. Some may even say this is a right of passage, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Why would we allow our children and others children to be subjected to an unnecessary form of sophomoric tyranny?! The New York anti-bullying law … Read moreBullying by any other name would be as hurtful: Stop Cyberbullying

Learn about Access to Justice (A2J) Programs

Normally, if you can’t afford an attorney for a civil court case, you can get an attorney at your local legal aid office. In the past few years, more people have become financially eligible for legal aid, but legal aid offices nationally have shrunk due to lack of funding. This is where A2J programs come … Read moreLearn about Access to Justice (A2J) Programs

Immigrants' access to the Affordable Care Act

The National Council of la Raza reports that 10. 2 million Latinos are eligible for the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Yet, there are still many questions regarding what types of immigration statuses are eligible and which are not. In a nutshell, under ACA only “lawfully present” immigrants can qualify to either buy private health insurance … Read moreImmigrants' access to the Affordable Care Act

Infographic shows time immigrants spend in detention

An infographic developed by Center for American Progress shows how much time immigrants can expect to spend in detention. On average immigrants with no serious offenses can expect to spend an average of one month in detention. However, those that are fighting deportation can be detained three times longer, in some cases even years. With … Read moreInfographic shows time immigrants spend in detention