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March to Save NYC!

On May 14th there will be a Rally at Foley Square in Manhattan to demand stronger rent laws to keep rent affordable. On June 15th New York State’s rent laws will expire putting over 1 million rent-stabilized homes at risk. CMS would like to gather community members from all over NYC to march against Block gentrification, end rent hikes and repeal rent deregulation. Please join us in speaking out against New York’s housing crisis, demanding stronger rent laws, and keeping rent affordable for New York residents.


Join us May 14th at 5 pm at Foley Square on the corner of Centre St. & Worth St. New York, NY 10013.May 14 Rally s flyer updated -page-001May 14 Rally s flyer updated -page-002

Right to Counsel in Eviction Proceedings

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Catholic Migration Services’ Immigrant Tenant Advocacy Program will be hosting a Queens Town Hall on the right to counsel in Housing Court.  This event is an opportunity for community members to discuss Intro 214, a bill currently before the New York City Council which, if passed, would provide tenants the right to an attorney in eviction proceedings.  The town hall is an opportunity for community members to share their thoughts on the implications of going to court in eviction proceedings without an attorney and how it creates an additional incentive for landlords to harass and displace tenants. At the town hall, we will introduce Intro 214, and discuss how community members can achieve the historic goal of making New York City the first city in the United States to guarantee tenants a right to counsel in eviction proceedings. Please RSVP if you would like to attend.


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CMS Conducts Outreach at St. George Coptic Orthodox Church


CMS staff member Mariam Magar led an Arabic presentation on March 8th at St. George Coptic Orthodox Church in Long Island City. She discussed CMS services, our Immigrant Tenant Advocacy Program, and housing law.  Arabic-speaking representatives from Catholic Charities and Fidelis Care were also there to present and answer questions. Over 50 people attended this presentation. Following the presentation Mariam conducted consultations for around 15 people. Many people expressed gratitude for CMS presenting and serving the community. This programming is made possible in part by the support of New York City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer.

Queens Tenant Monthly Meeting

Queens tenant meeting 2 Oct 28 2014On October 28th, community members gathered for the Queens Tenant Monthly Meeting. Over 100 people participated in the event and several CMS partner organizations were present such as the Riis Settlement House, Catholic Charities, Fidelis Health Care, and JASA.

We were joined by two presenters: Joby Thovalil, the campaign organizer from the New Economy Project, spoke in regards to passing legislation that prohibits employers from running a credit check on potential and current employees. Bitta Mostofi, the director of the Municipal ID Outreach Campaign, discussed the new Municipal ID program. This program provides a form of photo identification for every New York City resident, despite immigration status. Residents can apply for a Municipal ID beginning January 1, 2015.

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