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Housing Attorney Kenny Minaya in NY Daily News!

Kenny Minaya, housing attorney and coordinator of the CMS Immigrant Tenant Advocacy Program (ITAP), was recently mentioned in an article by the New York Daily News. Read more about the work we are doing in support of affordable housing for low-income immigrant tenants by following this link.

Congratulations to Kenny and everyone supporting the incredible work of ITAP!

CMS helps children in foster care become US citizens

NAC_Monyfa Over the years, Catholic Migration Services has helped countless permanent residents on their path to become US citizens. Recently, two very special clients attended ceremonies to become proud new Americans.

Daniel Marshall and Monyfa Alexander, who both came to the US from Guyana as children and entered into New York’s foster care system, were referred to our Citizenship and Integration Program from Heart Share St. Vincent’s Services. Working together with their caseworkers from the foster agency, immigration counselors at CMS were able to help Daniel and Monyfa obtain fee waivers for the application and guide them through all of the steps in the naturalization process.

Now that they have become citizens, Daniel and Monyfa are able to further pursue their dreams of voting in the upcoming elections and working toward college degrees. Read more about these inspiring new Americans in a blog post by our partners at the New Americans Campaign.


Congratulations, Daniel and Monyfa! If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a US citizen, call us on our Citizenship Hotline at (646) 597-8797.

CMS holds first monthly community meeting in Bushwick

Bushwick Housing Meeting 10.7.15On Wednesday October 7th, Catholic Migration Services held their first monthly community meeting at St. Joseph’s Parish in Bushwick.  There were over 80 Bushwick residents in attendance who heard from several community legal services organizations in the area.

Catholic Migration Services partnered with the law firm Virginia & Ambinder, LLP to give a training on basic labor rights.  Our Housing Program Coordinator Kenny Minaya, and Senior Organizer Yolanda Coca, provide housing legal services to low-income tenants in the Bushwick and Ridgewood neighborhoods, holding legal clinics and tenant organizing meetings. To find out more about our Immigrant Tenant Advocacy Program (ITAP), click on this link.


Bushwick Housing Meeting 10.7.15 (2)

Shining Star Awards Dinner 2015

Shining Star Dinners Oct 2nd and Oct 9th 2015

 Cocktail Sponsor: Full page gold star ad; signage in cocktail reception; one table for 10 at one night of the event.

Photo Sponsor: Full page silver star ad; signage near step-and-repeat; one table for 10 at one night of the event.

Law Firm Sponsor: Signage at event; one table for 10 at one night of the event.

Table Sponsor: Table signage and one table for 10 at one night of the event.

CMS Attends RGB Hearing

On June 15th Catholic Migration Services was part of the public hearing that the Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) was hosting. Tenant members from different neighborhoods including Woodside, Sunnyside, Jackson Heights and Elmhurst attended the hearing and testified for a much needed Rent Roll Back. Tenants spoke about how much of a burden rent has become and how they would have to leave their apartments and NYC in general if another increase was implemented. The tenants wore white T-shirts which they made colorful by writing messages and drawing images of how much of their income is spent on rent. Their testimonies included some data, but mainly their own stories which made them very powerful. Other groups that attended the RGB hearing were Minkwon, Centro Hispano Cuzcatlan, Make the Road NY and Chhaya.