• 10/14/2014 | LawHelpNY

    We're still feeling the effects of the 2007 economic crisis.  As many people, continue to deal with a lack of employment or underemployment, veterans are finding themselves increasingly in this situation.  Of the 2.9 million long term unemployed people who were denied benefits this year - 285,000 of them are veterans.

  • 10/12/2014 | LawHelpNY

    Families across the US are having an increasingly difficult time covering basic household costs such as groceries, child care, and medical costs.  As a result, families are reaching out to food banks for to help getting food on the table.  While we would like to get a list of all food banks in New York State to share with our readers, so far we have only been able to get a list of all the food banks in Ulster County.

  • 10/07/2014 | LawHelpNY

    Family of Woodstock, a non profit organization serving Ulster County and surrounding communities now has a family support services available in Spanish.  Their Adolescent Services program is happy to announce that a Spanish speaking case manager available to provide Family Support Services.  The Family Support Program offers care coordination to meet the needs of both a child age 4-17 who is at risk of hospitalization or other placement outside the home, and the family system that is supporting him or her.  Services are accessed through SPOA and Julie Jones, Family Support Program Care Coordin

  • 10/06/2014 | LawHelpNY

    The New York Attorney General’s office has created the Immigration Restitution Fund to assist immigrants who were falsely promised citizenship, residency or other immigration related services by two well known Immigration Assistance Service Programs.  Are you an immigrant who was a client of  the International Immigration Foundation, Inc (IIF) or the International Professional Association (IPA)?

  • 10/04/2014 | LawHelpNY

    Have a question about buying a home, rental assistance or foreclosure but English is not your first language?  HUD can help with its HUD Language Line, a live telephone interpretation service that will allow HUD staff to converse with the public in almost any language.To help HUD staff better communicate with Limited English Proficient (LEP) families about the information they need on housing programs and services, the HUD Language Line, a pilot telephone service will offer live, one-on-one interpretation services in more than 175 languages, 24 hours a day.The HUD Language line is curren

  • 10/01/2014 | LawHelpNY

    The unemployment and underemployment situation for New Yorkers is not getting any better.  This means that families across the state are still struggling with debt, potential foreclosure, and limited resources.  To find out what assistance may be available to help you deal with your debt, first make a list of the different types of debt that you have.  For example, the main types of debt are: Consumer (credit cards, loans, etc) Housing (mortgage) Medical Education (student loans, etc)Once you have identified the different types of debt you have, take some time to read abou

  • 10/01/2014 | LawHelpNY

    Do you you know you may qualify for a discount on your telephone service through the Lifeline and Link-up programs? The program provides qualified consumer with discounts for monthly residential phone bills for basic telephone service and some wireless and cellular providers.Link-up program: provides a discount on the cost of initiating service for a primary residential telephone, even a wireless phone.

  • 09/29/2014 | LawHelpNY

    A law called The Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act (PTFA) can help families facing eviction in a foreclosed building. The law requires the new owner (even if it is the bank) to give you at least 90 days notice before you have to leave.If you are a tenant with a lease, the new owner must let you stay until at least the end of the lease term. The only way a lease can be terminated before the end of its term is if the unit is sold to someone that will actually be living in the unit.

  • 09/27/2014 | LawHelpNY

    For many victims of domestic violence, the daily pain and harassment becomes a shameful secret; making it hard to speak up about it.  Trapped in a vicious cycle of physical and/or verbal abuse, it is unfortunate that many of these victims of domestic violence are never able to escape and instead lose their lives at the hands of their friend, family member, lover, or spouse.The first step in leaving a domestic abuse situation is recognizing that there is a problem that is compromising you and your family’s safety; and you don’t want to take it any more!

  • 09/25/2014 | LawHelpNY

    At 8.5%, New York has one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation.  One of the effects of unemployment is that homeowners throughout NY may also be struggling to pay their home mortgages and may even be facing foreclosure.  Unfortunately, there are many fraudulent companies out there that are keeping a close look at those possibly facing foreclosure.  These foreclosure scams: advertise over the Internet and in local publications distribute flyers contact people whose homes appear in the foreclosure notices (they can easily find these notices online or in a local newspaper)