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Healthy Communities

MRNY helps families fight for safe housing and expand local green space. Since Hurricane Sandy, we've redoubled efforts to secure affordable, healthy housing for affected families. We have:

  • Reduced NYC childhood lead poisoning rates by 56% through the toughest anti-lead law in the U.S.

  • Won Safe Housing legislation to fix hazardous conditions for thousands of tenants, including mold, rodents, and conditions that trigger asthma—the #1 cause of school absences in NYC.

  • Provided legal services to 400 tenants each year to prevent evictions, repair unsafe housing units, and win hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages.

2013 HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Represented 61 families to prevent evictions and repair unsafe housing conditions, and improved the Alternative Enforcement Program for thousands more living in NYC's most dangerous buildings.

  • Won a $134.5 million commitment to improve Flushing Meadows Park and cleanup nearby toxic areas; stopped development of a stadium on public parkland; and required new development to include affordable housing, decent-wage jobs and small business opportunity.

CASE STUDY: Hurricane Sandy Relief Initiative

MRNY is using tested strategies to get families back home and back to work. In the year following the storm, we have:

  • Connected 2,000 community members to emergency aid through door-to-door canvassing and 26 neighborhood legal clinics.

  • Provided full legal services to 402 families and small businesses to negotiate insurance claims, stop evictions, hold landlords accountable, and more.

  • Advocated for new affordable housing for all affected New Yorkers regardless of immigration status.

  • Trained 750 immigrant cleanup workers in health and safety, provided them with protective equipment, and connected them to good jobs in construction and mold remediation.

  • Monitored government response and issued three reports highlighting gaps in critically needed services.

MRNY is providing culturally and linguistically relevant case management services through the support of the American Red Cross.

Click here for more up to date information on our Sandy response work.




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Paid Sick Days Now the Law in NYC!

Starting July 30, 2014, workers in NYC can now take paid sick days under the recent expansion of the Earned Sick Time Act that MRNY members helped to win.

Building upon the original law, now workers at businesses with 5 employees or more can earn up to 5 paid days off per year to care for themselves or a sick family member. No worker in NYC can be fired for taking a sick day. Read more...