Legal Services Corporation Confident of Bipartisan Support Despite President Trump’s Call to Defund.  See LSC update

We are proud to say that our New York State-funded “Disability Advocacy Project” (DAP) has delivered over 30 years of successful advocacy to low income, disabled clients in their appeals with the Social Security Administration. Some people have to be turned away because of insufficient resources but we strive to maintain stable funding in order to serve all eligible Long Islanders.

The benefits that we win for our clients are reimbursed to New York State, Suffolk and Nassau counties for public assistance benefits received by SSI/SSD pending applicants. In 2016 alone, this savings totaled over $430,000 in so called “interim assistance” reimbursed to the state and counties!

Foreclosure Prevention Programs in NYS are Facing a Budget Crunch.  Read about it here.

Free Tax Return Preparation for Qualifying Taxpayers

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.  Click here for more information

A new study found that Long Island FHA borrowers stand to lose out on almost $800/year. This could bring already strapped homeowners one step closer to foreclosure. Click here for article on study.

Free Program to Prepare for Citizenship at the NCBA. See Flyer for more Info.

Because every heart needs a home- Foreclosure prevention services are necessary for keeping communities whole on Long Island and all over NYS. Without funding, many programs’ doors will close, leaving homeowners to face big banks and lenders on their own.
Newsday’s Editorial

Judge A. Gail Prudenti, Interim Dean and Executive Director of the
Center for Children
, Families and the Law announces Hofstra’s new immigration clinic.
The first law clinic of its kind on Long Island, the
Deportation Defense Clinic (DDC) will protect immigrants who are particularly vulnerable to the consequences of increased deportation enforcement. The clinic will concentrate on two high-risk populations: immigrants with removal orders against them and DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients — undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children and have spent most of their lives here. It will offer a full range of no-cost services for individuals and families.

New York City Tenants Facing Eviction Will Now Have Right to Counsel

Although this access to legal counsel does not apply to Long Island residents, tenants facing eviction proceedings in New York City Housing Court will now have free universal access to legal services. The funding would be phased in over the next five years, making New York City the biggest city in the country to offer universal access including free legal advice to all tenants in housing court and full legal representation for low-income tenants. The city estimates at least 400,000 people would be served by the program every year when it’s fully implemented.
For more information on the Right To Counsel Initiative Click Here

Every Heart Needs a Home

Housing counselors and legal services providers from all over New York State were in Albany on Monday February 13, 2017 for a lobby day and press conference to talk about the critical need to fund the Foreclosure Prevention Services Network. Because every heart needs a home.