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Prevention of 'zombie properties' is goal of Home Fair (WXXI)

An event this weekend will give Monroe County residents a chance to hear directly from location organizations and service providers about the resources that are available to help them keep, maintain, or buy a home. Read More


Congress tries to squeeze more out of Social Security, wrecking its customer service (Los Angeles Times)

Since they’ve been unsuccessful (thus far) at cutting Social Security benefits, congressional Republicans are continuing to resort to the backdoor assault on the program by starving its administrative budget. Read More


New York law eliminates medical record fees for those seeking government benefits (FierceHealthcare)

A new law that prohibits healthcare providers in New York from charging a fee to low-income, disabled residents applying for government benefits is being called a “huge win” by legal groups that say previous fee waivers were frequently ignored. Read More


Bill ensures free access to personal health records (Watertown Daily Times)

A new law signed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo last week aims to streamline the application process for Social Security, veteran’s benefits, disability benefits and more. Read More


Henrietta woman fights foreclosure to keep her house and wins (Democrat & Chronicle)

The foreclosure process can be maddening, even to attorneys who deal with it for a living... But free counseling and legal services can help distressed homeowners avoid certain pitfalls that can hurt a person’s chances of getting a loan modification, extension or lower interest rate. Read More


Suffolk creates hotline for homeowners facing foreclosure (Newsday)

Suffolk County has established a new hotline connecting homeowners at risk of foreclosure with free housing counseling and legal services. Read More


Foreclosure help program faces loss of funding, advocates say (Newsday)

A network of housing agencies and legal groups that has helped more than 20,000 Long Islanders facing foreclosure is pushing to get funding for its work included in next year’s state budget. Read More


Capitol Pressroom: Kirsten Keefe on Foreclosure Prevention (WCNY)

Capitol Pressroom - We discussed options for those facing foreclosure on a mortgage or a reverse mortgage from Empire Justice Center Senior Staff Attorney Kirsten Keefe. Read More


Sale of CenterLight Medicaid plan worries consumer advocates (Crain's)

A year after settling a civil fraud case for almost $47 million, CenterLight Health System has sold its Medicaid-managed long-term-care Select plan to the for-profit Centers Health Care, based in the Bronx. Read More


Transgender Americans Change Names, Passports Ahead Of Trump Administration (NPR)

Attorney Ann Williams meets her 33-year-old client for the first time at a legal clinic in Rochester, NY. Read More