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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.

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


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Announcing a Major Expansion of Paid Sick Days

It's a new day for working class New Yorkers!

On January 17, Mayor de Blasio, City Council Speaker Mark-Viverito and members of the City Council announced an exciting new proposal to expand New York City's Paid Sick Days law, which MRNY and our partners helped to win last spring!

Under the original law, set to take effect this April, employers with 15 employees or more will be required to provide 5 paid sick days -- impacting one million workers. Mayor de Blasio's proposal would extend this requirement to businesses with 5 employees or more.

The new proposal also includes manufacturing workers (who were left out of the original law). Hundreds of thousands more New Yorkers will be able to take a paid day off to care for themselves or a sick family member. Read more...