Tanya Kessler Discusses 'Three-Quarter Houses'

Former Skadden Fellow Tanya Kessler (’09), a staff attorney at MFY Legal Services, was quoted in an Associated Press article published in The Wall Street Journal about a recent report showing that hundreds of New York City residents (many of them formerly incarcerated) are using public assistance stipends to live in unregulated, illegally subdivided buildings ("Report: Illegal NYC Homes House Ex-Prisoners," Oct. 17). Although they are not affiliated with the state Department of Corrections or Office of Alcohol Substance Abuse Services, these "three-quarter houses" "portray themselves as providers of supportive services," the article said. "They hold themselves out as providing services but they don't have any qualifications and they aren't accountable to any kind of oversight," said Tanya, who the article said has represented tenants in two class action suits against three-quarter house operators.