A diverse group of 59 organizations from throughout New York State request a $25 million appropriation to fund the New York State Community Development Financial Institution Fund (NYS CDFI Fund).
Nearly 500 national, state, and local organizations urge Secretary Mnuchin to strengthen the federal Community Reinvestment Act in an effort to increase access to safe and sound lending, investments, and banking services in low-income communities and communities of color.
Groups demand that the New York State Common Retirement Fund divest from both The Blackstone Group and TPG Capital, two large private equity managers exploiting the crisis in Puerto Rico and profiting from human suffering.
A diverse group of organizations calls on the New York Federal Reserve Presidential Search Committee to conduct an open and transparent search process, and focus on identifying an individual with a proven track record of leadership, effectiveness in engaging with ordinary Americans, a strong understanding of the broader economy, and a firm commitment to the Federal Reserve’s mandate of fostering maximum employment and price stability.
A summary of findings from the Collaborative for Neighborhood Financial Health, a year-long, participatory project designed to better understand and address how neighborhoods influence the financial health of their residents.
In November 2015, New Economy Project filed a federal lawsuit, with co-counsel, against the debt collection law firm Gutman, Mintz, Baker, and Sonnenfeldt (GMBS), on behalf of Franklin Arias, a New Yorker in his 70s whose only income is Social Security benefits. The lawsuit alleged that GMBS violated federal debt collection and state consumer protection […]
In December 2017, New Economy Project and co-counsel filed a state class action lawsuit against the debt collection law firm Houslanger & Associates and its debt buyer clients Virgo Capital and Aquarius Capital, as well as debt buyers Gotham Collection Services and HK Recovery Group, on behalf of Gladys Bostic, Cimeron DuBose, Gerald Dycha, and […]
In November 2017, with co-counsel, New Economy Project filed a federal class action lawsuit against the debt collection law firm Houslanger & Associates, as well as its debt buyer clients Virgo Capital and Aquarius Capital, on behalf of Ramel Sanders and Antero Sarreal, both low-income New Yorkers. The lawsuit alleges that Houslanger and its debt […]
Groups from across New York City urged Comptroller Stringer to immediately and permanently divest New York City’s pension funds from payday lending companies – whose loans are categorically illegal in New York. City pension funds invested more than $20 million in payday lending and high-cost installment lending companies in 2016. Additionally, City pension funds invested nearly $160 million in Lone Star Fund VIII, a private equity fund that owns DFC Global, Inc.,i which, in turn, owns several payday lenders, including Money Mart and The Check Cashing Store.
In our testimony, we outline important changes to Intro. 1269 that are needed before it moves forward. We also are pleased to highlight the rapidly-expanding landscape of community land trusts in our city and additional policy recommendations by our alliance. We understand that Intro 1269 is a first step toward strong local policymaking to advance CLTs, and we look forward to continued dialogue with the Council.