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Empire Justice Center Applauds the Governor and State Legislature for Several Budget Outcomes Helping Low Income New Yorkers

Upon the release of the final 2014-2015 state budget, Empire Justice Center is pleased to see several of its legislative priorities contained within the budget, as it provides additional funding and resources for low income New Yorkers. Read More


Empire Justice Center Elects Officers and Re-Elects Board Members

Empire Justice Center, a statewide leader working to achieve social and economic justice in New York State, is pleased to announce the election of two new members to its Board of Directors. Read More


There Goes The Neighborhood: Foreclosed Homes Shelter Crime, Threaten Communities (Long Island Press)

New York State had the third-highest number of homes in foreclosure in the nation—5 percent of mortgages, with 8 percent more in serious delinquency—behind Florida and New Jersey as of August, according to analytics firm CoreLogic’s latest report this summer. Read More


Governor Urged to Take Quick Action on Bill to Help Spare NYers from Foreclosure

Statewide Coalition Says Every Day of Delay Puts 92 More Homeowners at Risk of Losing Homes; Bill Would Speed Mediation for Affordable Loan Modifications Read More


Press Release: Empire Justice Center Applauds the State Legislature for Passage of Key Bills Affecting Low-Income New Yorkers

Two domestic violence bills, one child care bill and a critically important foreclosure bill passed both houses at the end of session last week. Read More


LI's minority enclaves hit hard by foreclosure (Newsday)

Long Island communities with the highest concentrations of houses slated for foreclosure are also the neighborhoods where many black and Hispanic residents live, reflecting a disproportionate impact of the housing crisis for minority groups, according to a new study of foreclosure warning notices sent by banks. Read More


Many Long Island Communities Face Long Term Impact of Foreclosures

Study identifies hardest hit towns and strategies to keep families in their homes and limit damage to the local tax base. Read More


Plan loads home loans (Times Union)

Federal agency asks to add big fee to mortgages, citing state's foreclosure shields. Read More


A. G. Schneiderman Announces $20 Million In Funding To Help Families In New York State Avoid Foreclosure (Office of the Attorney General)

A portion of the $20 million is also going to support a partnership between the OAG and two “Anchor Partners,” who will assist with training, technical assistance, and other support systems to ensure the network is providing the highest quality of services to at-risk homeowners. The Center for New York City Neighborhoods will serve as Anchor Partner for groups operating in NYC, and the Empire Justice Center will serve as the Anchor Partner for the rest of the State. Read More


Report finds FHA/VA Lending Disproportionately Prevalent in Neighborhoods of Color

Leading community organizations, including Empire Justice Center, today report evidence of a two-tiered mortgage market characterized by high rates of government-backed loans made both to borrowers in communities of color and to minority borrowers in their new report, “Paying More for the American Dream VI: Racial Disparities in FHA/VA Lending.” Read More


A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN ANNOUNCES $60 MILLION COMMITMENT TO FUND HOUSING COUNSELING AND LEGAL SERVICES FOR STRUGGLING HOMEOWNERS (Post Star News)

At an event at the Long Island Housing Partnership, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced the launch of the Homeowner Protection Program, his office’s commitment of $60 million over three years to fund housing counseling and legal services for struggling New York homeowners. Read More


AG Announces $60M in Foreclosure Help Funding (Long Island Press)

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Monday a $60-million program to assist struggling homeowners facing foreclosure on Long Island and beyond. Read More


A.G. Schneiderman Announces $60 Million Commitment To Fund Housing Counseling And Legal Services For Struggling Homeowners (NYS Attorney General)

Funding Housing Counseling And Legal Services Will Help Struggling New Yorkers Keep Their Homes Read More


A.G. Schneiderman Introduces Legislation To Protect New Yorkers From Foreclosure Fraud (New York State Attorney General)

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced the introduction of his bill in the state Legislature that would protect New Yorkers from fraudulent business practices like "robosigning" in the foreclosure process. Read More


New Survey of Housing Counselors Points to Banks Failures in Compliance with Foreclosure Prevention (California Reinvestment Coalition)

A new survey of housing counselors in California reveals the failure of banks to comply with policies and programs that would help homeowners avoid foreclosure. Read More


NYS Foreclosure Prevention Services Progam Campaign Celebrates Albany Collaboration to Restore Funding

The New York State Foreclosure Prevention Services campaign today thanks and applauds the groundbreaking agreement among Governor Andrew Cuomo, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and the New York State Legislature to provide six months of critical funding for the statewide Foreclosure Prevention Services Program in the FY 2012-13 budget. Read More


A.G. Schneiderman Announces Up To $15 Million Of National Mortgage Settlement To Extend Funding For Foreclosure Prevention And Other Related Services (NYS Attorney General)

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced that up to $15 million of the $132 million he secured in the national mortgage servicing settlement will be used to extend funding for foreclosure prevention and other related services. Read More


NYS Foreclosure Prevention Services Program Campaign Applauds Efforts to Restore Funding

The New York State Foreclosure Prevention Services Campaign today applauded the New York State Legislature for its efforts to restore funding for the statewide Foreclosure Prevention Services Program in the FY 2012-13 budget. Read More


A.G. Schneiderman Secures $136 Million For Struggling New York Homeowners In Mortgage Servicing Settlement (NYS Attorney General)

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced today a $136 million settlement for New York with the nation’s five largest mortgage servicers over foreclosure abuses. Read More


Push to Avert Foreclosures Hits Court Logjam (The New York Times)

Courts statewide have been mired in often hopeless cases involving loans that have left bus drivers and grocery clerks, among others, owing $700,000 or more on homes that have fallen in value. Read More


Foreclosure Dispatches: Views From Around the Country (Huffington Post)

Dispatch #1: Sarah Ludwig and Josh Zinner, Co-Directors, Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project (NEDAP) in New York City Read More


Foreclosure Prevention Services Funding Campaign Rally & Press Conference

On January 31st, advocates from across New York gathered in The Well of the Legislative Office Building to rally for funding for the vital services they provide to homeowners facing foreclosure. Read More


Non-profits, lawmakers want foreclosure-prevention funds in budget (Politics on the Hudson)

Non-profit groups that provide counseling and legal services to homeowners at risk of foreclosure and a number of lawmakers are urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to include $25 million in the state budget to continue the statewide Foreclosure Prevention Services Program. Read More


Rally against Foreclosure Prevention cuts (YNN)

Homeowners in crisis were looking for a little help at the state capitol on Tuesday. Some fear proposed state budget cuts could trigger more home foreclosures. Read More


Thousands of Distressed Homeowners Will Be Left in the Lurch by Imminent Loss of State Funding for Foreclosure Prevention

Elected Officials, Advocates and Homeowners Call for Funding in New York State’s Budget for Foreclosure Prevention Read More


‘The Capitol Pressroom’ with Susan Arbetter (WNYC- The Empire)

Listen to Kirsten Keefe, our senior staff attorney with the Consumer Housing, C.A.S.H. and Community Development Unit in the Albany office as well as Hilary Lamishaw, housing counselor at TRIP/ NeighborWorks Alliance NYS react to the Governor's budget proposal. Read More


Foreclosure services seen at risk in budget (Newsday)

Homeowner advocates said Tuesday that an array of counseling and legal assistance programs for people facing foreclosure is endangered by cuts in Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's proposed state budget. Read More


State Money Will Help Replace U.S. Funds for Foreclosure Aid (New York Law Journal)

Legal service providers apparently have made up approximately $2.3 million of the $22 million that they expect to lose for their foreclosure prevention programs as the federal stimulus money that has financed the work dries up. Read More


Empire Justice Statement on Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Address

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Opinion: NY must keep helping homeowners (Newsday)

After the nation's housing bubble burst in 2008, New York State took action to address the foreclosure crisis crippling housing markets and devastating low-income communities. The state invested in an innovative, collaborative web of programs to provide housing counseling and legal services to New Yorkers confronted with the loss of their homes. But now that funding is set to expire. Read More


Foreclosure Prevention Programs Urge State to Pick Up Funding (New York Law Journal)

Foreclosures have slowed to a crawl in the last year as lenders coped with accusations of slipshod procedures and the state courts imposed a requirement that attorneys and lenders attest to the accuracy of their filings. But that breathing space is about to end, court officials say. Read More


Judge Calls Off Eviction of Rochester Woman, For Now (YNN)

Rochester homeowner avoids eviction with the help of housing counselors. Read More


Thousands caught in foreclosure (Times Herald-Record)

Across Orange, Ulster and Sullivan counties, thousands of families have already lost their homes, and thousands more face the prospect of eviction in coming years, as the worst housing crisis in decades plays out across the region. Read More


LI foreclosure filings at twice state rate (Newsday.com)

Long Island homeowners received foreclosure-related filings at twice the statewide rate in the three years following the 2007 collapse of the subprime lending market, the state comptroller reported Tuesday. Read More


Budget Cuts Imperil Legal Aid in Foreclosure Cases (The New York Times)

The state’s budget squeeze has put at risk more than 120 legal aid and homeowner-counseling agencies across the state that have provided a last-ditch legal and economic lifeline to thousands of distressed homeowners. Read More


More cuts hit foreclosure prevention assistance (The Daily Record)

Monroe County loses its foreclosure settlement conference referee due to court budget cuts. Read More


Cuomo vetoes pay for foreclosure prevention services (The Business Review)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s veto of $1.5 million to pay for foreclosure prevention services in New York shocked housing advocates who say the program is vital to help struggling homeowners. Read More


Veto of Foreclosure Prevention Services Severs Lifeline for Homeowners

Legal services and housing counseling providers across the state decried Governor Cuomo’s veto of $1.5 million in foreclosure prevention services funding which was put in the budget by the Assembly Majority in a last ditch effort to keep the program alive through the end of the state fiscal year. Read More


Advocacy group laments loss of foreclosure services funds (Daily Gazette)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing to cut funding for foreclosure prevention services at a time when data indicate the number of homes in foreclosure will greatly accelerate in coming months, according to an advocacy group. Read More


Foreclosure crisis entering a new phase (The Daily Record)

Dr. Barbara van Kerkhove, Research and Policy Analyst at the Empire Justice Center recently published an exhaustive report on the state’s foreclosure crisis. The report indicates the state is nowhere near the end of the foreclosure crisis, which now includes those homeowners with good credit and prime loans. Read More


717 more LI homes in foreclosure process (Newsday)

More than 700 mortgage borrowers fell into the foreclosure process on Long Island last month, according to a report released Thursday that also showed the pace of home repossessions slowing. Read More


69,000 NY home loans at risk of foreclosure (The Business Review)

Nearly 69,000 home loans in New York are at imminent risk of foreclosure, a situation that an advocacy group said today could lead to a “tsunami” of foreclosures over the next year or two. Read More


New Wave of Protests Fighting Banksters (The Notion: The Nation's Group Blog)

The Empire Justice Center is predicting a “tsunami” of foreclosures coming, and Bank of America is refusing to write down mortgage debt. Republicans in Congress want to eliminate the Home Affordable Modification Program, which helps people keep their homes and Democrats are flagging in their support. Read More


Forecast for New York: “Tsunami” of Foreclosures (Public News Service)

Nearly 69,000 home loans statewide are at imminent risk of foreclosure in New York, and the majority of them are prime, rather than subprime or 'alt-A' loans. Read More


Foreclosure prevention group seeks $15M in state funding (The Business Review)

Housing advocates will be at the Capitol in Albany, New York, today asking legislators to set aside $15 million in the budget to continue a foreclosure prevention program that will run out of money this year. Read More


Flood of Foreclosures Expected Just as Funding to Help Homeowners Dries Up

New analysis of data from the Federal Reserve of New York shows that the foreclosure crisis in New York is far from over – and without legislative action to provide funding for the state’s “Foreclosure Prevention Services Program,” thousands of homeowners will have little help in saving their homes when foreclosure strikes. Read More


Advocates: What Cuomo Could Get Done In 100 Days (Politics on the Hudson )

Good-government and environmental protection groups want Gov.-elect Andrew Cuomo to issue a series of executive orders in his first 100 days as a way to get the ball rolling on changing the state. Read More


Tenants do have rights if foreclosure looms (Times Union)

Tenants are the invisible victims of the mortgage crises, with very few advocates. Read More


NY Joins National Foreclosure Work Group (The Daily Record)

New York is joining the rest of the nation in a bipartisan mortgage foreclosure working group being led by Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller. Read More


Is a New State Law Curbing Home Foreclosures? (Times Union)

New York’s tough new foreclosure law might be cutting the number of foreclosures in the state — at least temporarily. Read More


Press Release: Paying More for the American Dream IV

Study finds TARP-supported banks reduced lending to communities of color dramatically in Rochester, New York and six other cities across the nation. Read More


Banking on Hypocrisy (Politico)

While American families have made clear that they overwhelmingly support the reforms that a new consumer financial protection agency will produce — like clear, understandable terms and conditions for consumer credit products and accountability for the big banks — the lobbyists have made equally clear their plan to kill the agency. Read More


New Law Mandates Settlement Conferences in All Foreclosure Cases (Nassau Lawyer)

New laws now require all lenders seeking to foreclose mortgages to participate in a settlement conference in court. Read More


Press Release - Paying More for the American Dream III

This report examines the impact of CRA in seven metropolitan areas in the United States: Chicago; New York City; Los Angeles; Rochester, NY; Boston; Charlotte, and Cleveland. Read More


Spitzer State of the State Message Brings Message of Hope and Unity

Advocates from the Empire Justice Center expressed optimism as they watched Governor’s Spitzer’s State of the State address today. Read More


Report Highlights Racial Disparities in Mortgage Lending By Country’s Largest Lenders

Today at the Federal Reserve Board Consumer Advisory Council meeting, a collaboration of advocacy agencies, including Empire Justice Center, released a report showing that the largest lenders making both prime and subprime loans have a disproportionate share of their higher cost loans going to minority borrowers across the nation. Read More