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The issue area of our website contains articles, news items, publications, policy documents and trainings for each of our substantive areas.  The issue area page contains the most recent items in these sections.  To view a particular issue area and more information please use the buttons to the left.  

 


 


ARTICLES

Protect New York Homes
Funding for the Foreclosure Prevention Services Network ends on September 30, 2017. New York State is a national model for foreclosure prevention and community restoration because of its dedication to providing homeowners with a strong network of professional housing counselors and legal services attorneys. Read More

SSA Discontinues Paper Statements
On January 9, 2017, the Deputy Commissioner of the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Office of Communications released a blog detailing recent changes in SSA services. Read More

SSA Field Offices Customer Waiting Times on the Rise
The Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Office of the Inspector General issued a report in December 2016 documenting customer wait times at the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) field offices. “Customer Waiting Times in the Social Security Administration's Field Offices” -Report Number: A-04-17-50216. Read More

 


IN THE NEWS

Foreclosure help program faces loss of funding, advocates say
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
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

Empire Justice Statement on Governor Cuomo's Executive Budget Proposal
After the release of the Executive Budget Tuesday night, Empire Justice Center expressed appreciation that funding is included in Governor Cuomo’s budget proposal for several key programs that assist New Yorkers living at or near the federal poverty level. Read More

 


POLICY ADVOCACY

Empire Justice Center Testimony for the 2017 Joint Legislative Budget Hearing on Housing
Empire Justice Center's testimony prepared for the 2017 Joint Legislative Budget Hearing on Housing. New York State must commit $30 million in funding for the Foreclosure Prevention Services Network to continue the great strides we've made in keeping New Yorkers in their homes. Read More

Empire Justice Testimony at the 2017 Human Services Budget Hearing
Our extensive testimony at this year's joint legislative budget hearing on human services. Read More

Empire Justice Center Testimony at the 2017 Public Protect Budget Hearing
Empire Justice Center Testimony at the 2017 Public Protect Budget Hearing Read More

 


NEWSLETTERS

January 2017 Disability Law News
The Disability Law News is a quarterly newsletter published for DAP Advocates. This issue will detail and discuss the many recent changes to the treating physician regulations. SSA's new Mental Impairments Listings which recent went into effect on January 17, 2017 is highlighted in Regulations. Court Decisions looks at a recent Second Circuit decision on a duration issue in Cutter v. Colvin. Read More

Policy Matters January 2017
Empire Justice Center's latest edition of Policy Matters. Read More

Policy Matters: The First Day of Legislative Session
Empire Justice Center's latest edition of Policy Matters. Read More

   


PUBLICATIONS

Know Your Rights: A Guide to Fighting Discrimination Against Transgender & Gender Non-Conforming New Yorkers Under the New York State Human Rights Law
Transgender and gender-nonconforming people in New York State are now clearly protected by our Human Rights Law (HRL), thanks to new regulations issued earlier this year. Our NEW GUIDE explains what gender identity-based discrimination might look like, and how to exercise your rights under the HRL. Read More

 

Seeking Protection from Domestic Violence in New York's Family Court
Information for Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence with Limited English Proficiency. Read More

 

NYRL Report: Divergent Paths
Divergent Paths reveals wide variations in the implementation of foreclosure settlement conference rules. The wide variations in implementation have the potential to leave tens of thousands of New Yorkers at heightened risk of losing their homes. Read More

 


TRAINING AND EVENTS

HIV AS A DISABLING CONDITION: Maximizing SSI / SSD
This training will provide case managers with basic information about Social Security's disability benefit program. Read More

The Hip Bone is Connected to the Back Bone: Understanding Musculoskeletal Impairments and "Dem Bones"
A medical practitioner familiar with Social Security Administration's (SSA) listings discusses the musculoskeletal impairments listing. An experienced Social Security attorney will facilitate the presentation so that participants will better understand the type of medical evidence they will be reviewing and should be developing in cases of musculoskeletal impairments. A hypothetical case scenario of a young adult (18-25 years old) with musculoskeletal and mental impairments who has been denied SSI will be used to demonstrate strategies for arguing that a claim meets or equals the listing. Read More