Articles by: WNegron @ LawHelp NY

KinGAP Program Assists Grandparents and Other Relatives Caring for Children

KinGAP Program Assists Grandparents and Other Relatives Caring for Children

July 12, 2014 at 6:14 am 0 comments

Are you a grandparent or other relative caring for a child?  If so, New York Office of Children and Family Services currently runs the Kinship Guardianship Assistance Program (KinGap).  This program helps a foster child have permanent placement with a relative who had been the child’s foster parent for atRead More

New York Cooling Assistance

Free air conditioners for eligible New Yorkers

July 7, 2014 at 2:50 am 0 comments

The HEAP NY Funding Assistance for Air Conditioners has launched.  Eligible New Yorkers should apply to see if they qualify.  The Cooling Assistance Component of the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance’s Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) began on May 1.  This means that New Yorkers canRead More

Finding help if you’re a domestic violence victim in NY

Finding help if you’re a domestic violence victim in NY

June 5, 2014 at 8:14 am 0 comments

For many victims of domestic violence, the daily pain and harassment becomes a shameful secret; making it hard to speak up about it.  Trapped in a vicious cycle of physical and/or verbal abuse, it is unfortunate that many of these victims of domestic violence are never able to escape andRead More

Avoiding Medicare fraud

Avoiding Medicare fraud

May 31, 2014 at 12:39 pm 0 comments

Seniors are often vulnerable to different kinds of consumer frauds. A common and less-known type of fraud affecting seniors is Medicare fraud. The national non for profit advocacy group Medicare Watch provides the following tips to ensure you or a loved one can be protected against fraudulent Medicare practices: BeRead More

Our list of top veterans’ resources and programs

Our list of top veterans’ resources and programs

May 25, 2014 at 10:31 am 1 comment

During this time we honor and thank all who served in the United States Armed Forces. Home to over 1,000,000 Veterans, New Yorkers lead the way in service to our country.  80,000 New York veterans have served or are currently serving in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, including moreRead More

Happy Holidays from New York LawHelp!

Happy Holidays from New York LawHelp!

December 23, 2013 at 5:20 am 0 comments

From the staff of New York Legal Help and New York LawHelp, we’d like to wish you and your families a healthy, happy, and safe holiday season! Please remember that if you or a family or friend is encountering a legal issue and you reside in New York State,  LiveHelpRead More

As Promised: Pet Law in New York City!

December 9, 2013 at 4:42 am 0 comments

While most of LawHelpNY’s housing resources focus on the housing rights of humans, our non-human companions enjoy some legal protections, too! In NYC, tenants who have lived openly and notoriously with a pet may be able to defeat a no-pet clause in a lease.  Residents of NYCHA buildings can haveRead More

Thanks to DOMA – Immigration Has Gotten Easier for LGBT Families

Thanks to DOMA – Immigration Has Gotten Easier for LGBT Families

November 9, 2013 at 7:39 am 0 comments

Thanks to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), lesbian and gay married couples and families will now be able to apply for family-based petitions.  The human rights organization, Immigration Equality provides answers to some of the most  most-commonly asked questions regarding family-based immigration petitions for LGBT families.    If you don’tRead More

New work protections for domestic workers set to begin 2015

New work protections for domestic workers set to begin 2015

November 6, 2013 at 10:28 am 0 comments

A law taking effect on 2015 will give new work protections for domestic workers. Domestic workers are nannies, housekeepers, and elder caregivers. They clean and cook and care for children and the elderly. Many are immigrants with a limited knowledge of the laws of this country or of the stateRead More

Find out if you qualify for low-cost phone service through NY’s Lifeline or Link-Up Programs

October 24, 2013 at 12:32 pm 0 comments

Do you you know you may qualify for a discount on your telephone service through the Lifeline and Link-up programs? The program provides qualified consumer with discounts for monthly residential phone bills for basic telephone service and some wireless and cellular providers. Link-up program: provides a discount on the costRead More