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Housing - 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 urges Governor to sign OCA "Shadow Docket" bill as soon as possible
The legislation helps homeowners, communities (many of the properties stuck in the shadow docket are believed to be vacant), New York’s court system and will hasten New York’s protracted foreclosure process. The Governor needs to sign it into law to prevent any more cases from ending up in "legal limbo." Read More

NYRL Letter to Governor to Sign Shadow Docket
New Yorkers for Responsible Lending (“NYRL”) respectfully encourages you to sign S.4530-A/A.5582-A without delay. The legislation is a simple fix to a problem in New York’s foreclosure process, and is urgently needed to save New Yorkers’ homes from foreclosure. By signing the bill into law, you will close a legal loophole and put an end to New York’s “shadow docket,” in which tens of thousands of foreclosure cases sit inactive – leaving New Yorkers in legal limbo for months and even years. With an estimated 92 foreclosure cases entering New York’s shadow docket each day, time is of the essence. Read More

Empire Justice Center and Other Civil Rights Organizations Urge GSE Reform That Protects Access to Affordable Loans and Housing
Sixteen civil rights organizations sign letter to House Financial Services Committee urging members to abandon piece meal approach to GSE reform. Read More

Empire Justice Center Letter to FTC on Mortgage Acts and Practices Rulemaking
Comments regarding the Federal Trade Commission’s proposed rulemaking proceeding with respect to mortgage loans. Read More

Alliance for Healthy Homes Letter of Support for Lead Poisoning Primary Prevention Act
The Alliance for Health Homes urges Governor Paterson to sign into law the Childhood Lead Poisoning Primary Prevention and Safe Housing Act of 2008. Read More

Letter of Support - Childhood Lead Poisoning Primary Prevention Act
Approval of this bill (A.6399c/S.6350b) is critically important for New York State and especially for the children in the most impoverished sections of its urban areas. Read More

United Way Lettter of Support for A6399c/S6350b - Sign the Childhood Lead Poisoning Primary Prevention Act Into Law
The United Way urges Governor Paterson to sign into law this legislation which will prevent thousands of New York’s children from being lead poisoned each year. Read More

Empire Justice Letter of Support for The Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Act
This long overdue legislation is critical to correcting a matter of gross environmental, racial and economic injustice, namely that the state’s minority and low-income children remain at far greater risk of lead poisoning than non-minority children in non-poverty areas. Read More

The Children’s Defense Fund of NY Letter of Support for the Childhood Lead Poisoning Primary Prevention Act
This legislation would build upon existing programs to require the state to maximize its resources by targeting the areas in the state with the greatest number of lead poisoned children; creating and implementing local prevention plans that fit the needs and resources of impacted communities; and provide modest resources for property owners to address lead hazards in housing. Read More

Alliance For Healthy Homes Letter of Support
Support letter from Patrick MacRoy, Executive Director of Alliance for Health Homes regarding The Childhood Lead Poisoning Primary Prevention and Safe Housing Act of 2008. Read More

Empire Justice Letter in Support - Help New York Avoid Preventable Foreclosures
A letter written in full support of Assembly 10817a\Senate 8143a. This strong piece of legislation will help keep thousands of New York homeowners from losing their homes to foreclosure, as well as insure that New York homeowners are protected from many of the worst lending abuses in the subprime industry that lead to the current crisis. Read More