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Take Action: Community Health Advocates at Risk

Community Health Advocates (CHA), New York State's free health care consumer assistance program, urgently needs $1.5 million in additional funding to help New Yorkers obtain and navigate health coverage, access low-cost or free care, solve billing issues, fight for their health care rights, and more. Read More

TANF at 20: Blog Series

Since 1973, some incarnation of Empire Justice Center has been fighting for low income and disenfranchised New Yorkers' rights. We've seen many changes and weathered many storms, including the so-called "welfare reform" of 1996. The advent of the federal Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act of 1996 brought us the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families block grant, for better or for worse. Twenty plus years later, New York families are still living in poverty. We present to you our perspectives on TANF at 20. 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

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

DAPWorks for NYS

DAPWorks for NYS is a statewide campaign seeking to increase funding for the Disability Advocacy Program (DAP). Read More

Name Change Clinics Available in Rochester!

Are you in the Rochester area and need help getting your legal name changed and your IDs updated ASAP? Empire Justice Center is hosting three free legal clinics in December to help as many folks as possible get through the process before any federal policies change for the worse. Read More

Nuisance Ordinances & Domestic Violence: Resources

Information on local nuisance ordinances and how they affect victims of domestic violence. Read More

Restoring Neighborhoods: New York State’s 2016 Zombie Property and Foreclosure Prevention Act

On June 23, 2016, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law Chapter 73 of the Laws of New York 2016. The new act includes provisions and intentions that were part of several bills introduced throughout the session to address the zombie property and foreclosure crises in New York State. Read More

OCFS Proposes New Child Care Market Rate Regulations

Last day to comment is July 30, 2016. Read More