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Session Wrap 2017: Strengthening Lead Poisoning Protections

Low income children are particularly at risk because they often live in rental housing which is not well maintained by the owner. Low income children are particularly at risk because they often live in rental housing which is not well maintained by the owner. Read More


Empire Justice Center 2017 State Legislative Priorities

As New Yorkers, we unite around the concepts of liberty, equality and opportunity. In 2017, Empire Justice Center’s top priorities will be focused on identifying and fostering ways to strengthen New York’s laws, our communities, and each other, to protect justice for ALL New Yorkers. Read More


Empire Justice Center 2017 State Administrative Priorities

As New Yorkers, we unite around the concepts of liberty, equality and opportunity. In 2017, Empire Justice Center’s top priorities will be focused on identifying and fostering ways to strengthen New York’s laws, our communities, and each other, to protect justice for ALL New Yorkers. Read More


Reverse Mortgage Foreclosures are Now Entitled to Mandatory Settlement Conferences

This year’s budget removed the exclusion of reverse mortgages from the definition of “home loan,” bringing reverse mortgage foreclosures into the mandatory settlement conference process. Read More


2017 New York State Budget Wrap

There were many critical wins and losses for New Yorkers in the final enacted New York State budget. Our staff have prepared analyses of some of the key areas we focused on this year. Read More


Foreclosure Prevention Funding Gets Six Month Extension from Attorney General Eric Schneiderman

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman agreed to provide further funding from settlement money proceeds under his control to ensure foreclosure prevention services continue throughout New York State. 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


Empire Justice Center 2017 State Budget Priorities

As New Yorkers, we unite around the concepts of liberty, equality and opportunity. In 2017, Empire Justice Center’s top priorities will be focused on identifying and fostering ways to strengthen New York’s laws, our communities, and each other, to protect justice for ALL New Yorkers. Read More


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