Are Community Land Trusts a Solution to NYC’s Affordability Crisis?

Are Community Land Trusts a Solution to NYC’s Affordability Crisis?

In early November, the People’s Garden of Bushwick Coalition (PGBC) won a $132,000 settlement against the Jones brothers—notorious landlords widely known for their use of predatory tactics to force tenants out of their rent-stabilized units. The Jones brothers made money from a simple scheme: purchasing a building, harassing low-income tenants unti...

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Not For Us! The BTCC Shuts Down Pfizer Plant Development Meeting

On Wednesday night, September 21, 2016, Brooklyn Legal Services Corp. A. participated in a protest against a Pfizer plant rezoning proposal that upended a City Planning public scoping session. The rally was led by Broadway Triangle Community Coalition (BTCC), a coalition of over 40 community partners, including Brooklyn A, that galvanized hundreds ...

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Greenpoint Residents Return Home After Nearly Three Year Displacement

On October 5, 2016, the long-term tenants of 300 Nassau Avenue in Greenpoint celebrated their return home after having been displaced for almost three years at the hands of their landlords, Joel and Aaron Israel. They were welcomed home by representatives from Brooklyn A, St. Nicks Alliance, and the City of New York. Each of […]

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Brooklyn A Testifies in Support of Right to Counsel Bill

Earlier this week, Brooklyn A was in attendance at New York City Council’s public hearing concerning Intro 214-A, which aims to provide legal representation for low-income New Yorkers with eviction and foreclosure issues in Housing Court. If passed, Intro 214-A would provide representation to New Yorkers living at or below 200% of the poverty level...

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Poverty as a New Protected Class

Poverty as a New Protected Class

By: Caroline Iosso, Fair Housing Advocate. Since their inception, fair housing laws have aimed to integrate populations and persons of different ethnicities and races. These laws exist in order to promote equal access to housing opportunity and to ensure that landlords and real estate agents cannot pick and choose who lives where and who gets [&hel...

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Structural Violence: Discrimination in Housing

Structural Violence: Discrimination in Housing

By: Justina Walker, Legal Advocate Imagine working for ten to twelve hours every day, seven days a week. You’re exhausted. It is in part physical, but extends far beyond that. It is not normal, for those who come from more privileged backgrounds, but it has become your normal. The exhaustion you feel, you resent, and […]

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Procesando su Demanda de Discriminación

Procesando su Demanda de Discriminación

El Acto Federal de Vivienda Equitativa (AFVE) se permite a cualquier persona presentar un reclamo de discriminación de vivienda. Si cree que ha experimentado discriminación por su dueño de la casa o un empleado del dueño de la casa (como el administrador del edificio, super, o bróker) y ha sufrido una pérdida de vivienda o […]

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Prosecuting Your Discrimination Complaint

Prosecuting Your Discrimination Complaint

The Fair Housing Act allows for anyone to bring a claim for housing discrimination. If you believe you have been discriminated against by your landlord or landlord’s employees (such as a building manager, “super,” or broker) and have suffered a loss of housing or access to housing related services such as heat, hot water, or […]

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