Three-Quarter Homes in NYC
Following Developments of 'Three-Quarter' Homes in NYC after the publication of a New York Times article
by Ishan Thakore
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Landlord Yury Baumblit left Russia for the United States.
Yury Baumblit opened a deli in Brighton Beach, but was later sued by his business partner.
According to a court-filing records, Yury Baumblit went on disability retirement in 2000.
Yury Baumblit and his wife began operating illicit medical clinics.
State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer said Baumblit and his wife would be "prosecuted to the full extent of the law."
Yury Baumblit and his wife began operating 3 three-quarter houses in Brooklyn.
Yury Baumblit pled guilty to two felony charges of insurance fraud, and was sent to jail for 3 months.
MFY Legal Services, which has represented tenants of three-quarter homes, filed a class-action lawsuit against Yury Baumblit.
A fire destroyed a Steps to a Better Living home in Queens, one of Yury Baumblit's home, prompting its closure.
Yury Baumblit started a new company, the Back on Track Group.
Landlord Yury Baumblit stopped paying rent to the Paradigm Credit Corporation, who owned the New Lots property.
David Kushner, head of Paradigm Credit Corporation which owned some of Baumblit's buildings, offered his version of events to a New York Housing Court.
In housing court, Yury Baumblit agreed to move tenants out of "Back on Track" homes by October 31st, 2014, though he would renege on that agreement.
As his other homes were being shut down, Yury Baumblit opened two new Back on Track homes in Brooklyn.
MFY Legal Services
Steps to a Better Living Home
Back on Track Group
Chief of Fire Prevention Howard Hill called for the creation of a list of transitional homes, so that fire-fighters could know if a home had blocked exits or was overcrowded.
Then Chairman of the City Council's General Welfare Committee, Bill de Blasio advocated for guidelines to prevent shelters from sending people to transitional homes with violations.
The New York City Council passed a measure to prevent shelters from sending people to transitional homes with outstanding violations.
The Police showed up to the New Lots housing area 159 times during 2014, as the houses devolved into a drug haven.
The New York State Attorney General announced charges against Narco Freedom, a large substance-abuse outpatient clinic in New York city.
New York City Marshals close several of Yury Baumblit's transitional homes on New Lots Avenue.
Bill de Blasio began an investigation into 'Three-Quarter' homes after a New York Times expose revealed their lack of regulation and bad conditions.
Comptroller Scott M. Stringer announced a plan to send letters to City Hall urging agencies to make sure recovering addicts are not sent to 'Three-Quarter' homes.
Horace Bush arrived at Yury Baumblit's New Lots Three-Quarter house, and moved into apartment 698.
Horace Bush, a tenant in Yury Baumblit's three-quarter home system, graduated from his substance-abuse outpatient program run by the New York Service Network.