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.
New Economy Project undertook this report, at the request of AARP, to examine barriers to economic security faced by 50+ New Yorkers of color, including immigrants. The analysis focuses on economic justice disparities statewide and in New York City, with attention also given to Long Island and Buffalo.
Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued federal regulations to protect people from the abusive payday lending industry. New Economy Project is a member of the “PaydayFreeLandia” Coalition – a group of civil rights, labor, faith-based and community organizations from the 15 states where predatory payday lending is illegal. The coalition issued a statement responding to the CFPB’s long-awaited regulations.
New Economy Project submitted comments to the NYC Commission on Human Rights regarding its proposed rules implementing the Stop Credit Discrimination in Employment Act (SCDEA) of 2015. Our organization spearheaded the community-labor-civil rights coalition that successfully pressed NYC to ban employment credit checks, as a matter of racial and economic justice, and we applaud the Commission for its work to enforce SCDEA and eliminate discriminatory barriers to employment in our city.
New Economy Project joined hundreds of groups from across the country to support the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s ban on mandatory arbitration clauses. The rule will restore people’s ability to band together in court to pursue claims, is a significant step forward in the ongoing fight to curb predatory practices in consumer financial products and services.