• 09/23/2014 | LawHelpNY

    Last week, the New York Civil Liberties Union released a report focused on five New York counties.  The report highlighted how New York state is failing to provide legal aid to the poor.  The unfortunate conclusion of the report was: that in New York state, justice is "only available to those who can afford it."This is the same reality for the thousands of low-income New Yorkers who find themselves in a civil legal issue such as discrimination, eviction, consumer fraud, homelessness, child custody, etc.  Many most go to court and navigate the legal process with no assistance.

  • 09/18/2014 | LawHelpNY

    Its not a surprise that New York City housing complaints have been on the rise.  This is especially true for low-income tenants who receive a government subsidy to use for rent. Even though the City Council voted to prohibit discrimination in housing based on the tenant’s source of income, complaints to the New York City Human Right Commission increased by 45%.To learn more on what you can do if you are experiencing housing discrimination, visit www.LawHelpNY.org.  Click on the Housing topic on the Home Page and select  the Housing Discrimination subtopic.

  • 09/16/2014 | LawHelpNY

    A recent study found that 15% of seniors in the US are living in poverty.  Women and people of color who are seniors have an even higher percentage of living in poverty.  As an increasing number of Baby Boomers face retirement in the next 20 years, today is a good time to start thinking about the ways that we can all help those people that will face their older years having to struggle with poverty and in many cases homelessness and hunger.Social security is one of the few programs available which help seniors avoid extreme poverty.  However, seniors may be surprised to find that there are

  • 09/15/2014 | LawHelpNY

    Every adult around the world probably has some sort of bullying story to tell. Some may even say this is a right of passage, but it doesn't have to be that way.

  • 09/13/2014 | LawHelpNY

    Normally, if you can’t afford an attorney for a civil court case, you can get an attorney at your local legal aid office. In the past few years, more people have become financially eligible for legal aid, but legal aid offices nationally have shrunk due to lack of funding. This is where A2J programs come in!To help meet the need, A2J programs were designed to help litigants in housing, divorce, paternity, small estates, probates, name changes, and on and on, when these litigants do not have an attorney to help them with their case. The program’s beauty is in its simplicity.

  • 09/13/2014 | LawHelpNY

    The National Council of la Raza reports that 10. 2 million Latinos are eligible for the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Yet, there are still many questions regarding what types of immigration statuses are eligible and which are not.In a nutshell, under ACA only "lawfully present" immigrants can qualify to either buy private health insurance through either their state or federal Marketplace or get it through employer-sponsored coverage. The term “lawfully present” are those immigrants who have any of the following:“Qualified non-citizen” immigration status without a waiting period.

  • 09/12/2014 | LawHelpNY

    An infographic developed by Center for American Progress shows how much time immigrants can expect to spend in detention. On average immigrants with no serious offenses can expect to spend an average of one month in detention. However, those that are fighting deportation can be detained three times longer, in some cases even years.With this discrepancy, it’s unclear how the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is able to meet the congressional mandate which requires them to maintain enough bed space to detain 34,000 immigrants per day.

  • 09/11/2014 | LawHelpNY

    The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Toolkit for Community Partners to help groups understand the DACA process.  The new DACA toolkit includes:

  • 09/08/2014 | LawHelpNY

    The average American spends 23 hours online.  This is ten times more than what the average American spends exercising or participating in sports or fitness activities!Much of this time online is spent sharing pictures or other information or news about our lives, looking at pictures, visiting websites, and just generally surfing the web.Cyber crimes come in a variety of forms, including identity theft, fraud, and viruses.  But there simple steps you can take to reduce your chances of becoming a victim.  Simply take a minute to read and implement these important steps online: Set st

  • 09/08/2014 | LawHelpNY

    Faced with the persistent housing crisis in New York State, our Attorney General has begun to take steps in the right direction. New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has announced his new plan, the New York State Mortgage Assistance Program (NYS MAP). This program is designed to make small loans available to families in order to prevent the foreclosure of their homes. Loans can be used for paying off mortgage payments or unpaid interests and fees, paying down second or third mortgages, satisfying tax liens, and many other anti-foreclosure measures.