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The Housing Policy Advocacy section contains Legislative Memos, Letters, Comments and Testimony. You will also find news items, articles and reports that relate to our policy work in housing.



Legislative Memos

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Improving Mortgage Foreclosure Settlement Conferences
This bill provides clarifying amendments to CPLR 3408, bringing the statute in line with the rules and practice of the courts. Read More

Joint Memo of Support for Bill that would Protect Domestic Violence Victims
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 Memo of Support: Provide Clarity Regarding Standing to Sue in Foreclosure Actions
This bill provides a homeowner defendant the right to challenge standing at any time they learn that the plaintiff may not be the rightful party during a foreclosure proceeding. Read More

LCADV Memo of Support for Legislation Providing Protections for Domestic Violence Survivors
The Lawyers Committee Against Domestic Violence strongly supports proposed legislation providing protections for victims of domestic violence from being negatively impacted by local nuisance ordinances. Read More



Policy Letters

Confirm Rep. Mel Watt as Director of FHFA
These letters urge NYS Senators Schumer and Gillibrand to support the confirmation of Melvin Watt as Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agenc Read More



Empire Justice Comments to DFS on Vacant and Abandoned Properties
The proposed regulations for vacant and abandoned properties are quite comprehensive and thoughtfully address most of what needs to be included in the final regulations. Read More



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



Policy Related News

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

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Policy Related Articles

Nuisance Ordinances & Domestic Violence: Resources :
Information on local nuisance ordinances and how they affect victims of domestic violence. Read More

S.4955 Will Solve the Nuisance Ordinance Problem :
Access to stable housing is essential for survivors to maintain safety and independence from abusers, but assumptions about domestic violence victims have often resulted in survivors being refused housing, or even being evicted from their homes. Thankfully, in 2015, New York State passed landmark legislation as a remedy for this issue, protecting victims of domestic violence from housing discrimination. Read More

Empire Justice Center 2016 State Policy Priorities :
Shelter, heat, food, economic stability. Health and home care, fair wages, freedom from discrimination. Empire Justice Center's 2016 Policy Priorities are meant to highlight several of the most important ways New York State can recommit to providing a strong foundation on which all New York families have the opportunity to build toward the American Dream, right here in our state. Read More


Policy Related Reports

The Lingering Storm: Mortgage Lending Disparities on Long Island  The Lingering Storm: Mortgage Lending Disparities on Long Island examines mortgage lending, denial rates, and denial disparities in 2013. In an effort to combat our nation’s discriminatory housing policies, we offer several recommendations for policy makers at all levels of government.  Read More