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Protect New York Homes: Take Action Today!
Because every heart needs a home. Take action today to contact your state legislator and tell them to fund the Foreclosure Prevention Services Network! Read More

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

An Analysis of Life After HAMP
A comparison of recent modification results to those the homeowner would receive under the MBA OneMod proposal. By National Council of La Raza, National Housing Resource Center and Empire Justice Center. Read More



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

Empire Justice Center Blasts Trump Decision to Rescind Protections for Trans Students
Empire Justice Center absolutely condemns the federal government's rescission of critical guidance that directed publicly-funded schools about how to ensure equal access to educational resources and facilities for transgender and gender non-conforming students Read More

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



Empire Justice Memo of Support: Provide Married Victims of Intimate Partner Violence with a Protective Economic Safety Net
A.6049 (Mayer) /S.4569 (Savino) seeks to provide married victims of intimate partner violence with a temporary economic safety net when they seek protection and intervention in Family Court. Empire Justice Center strongly supports this measure. Read More

Joint Memo of Support: Preserve the Right to Call 911
No victim of domestic violence or other person threatened with a crime in New York should be afraid to access police or emergency assistance because doing so may jeopardize their housing. Nevertheless, numerous municipalities throughout New York have passed local laws, so called “nuisance ordinances,” that have this precise result. Read More

Empire Justice Center Testimony before the New York State Early Childhood Advisory Council
Empire Justice Center remarks on child care payment rates, eligibility practices, copay policies and preserving precious child care dollars for working families. Read More



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

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



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



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