building communities
ensuring opportunity

achieving justice

Brooklyn A’s mission is to advance social and economic justice by empowering communities through innovative, collaborative, neighborhood-based legal representation and advocacy. For over 50 years, we have provided free, high-quality legal assistance to individuals, families, not-for-profit community-based organizations (CBOs), community development corporations (CDCs), and coalitions interested in developing and sustaining vibrant, healthy communities.

To defend tenants’ rights and achieve justice, we utilize an array of methods—community organizing, affirmative civil rights litigation, and eviction defense. Collaboration with city, state, and federal officials to enforce housing laws and develop legislative solutions is also an integral part of our strategy. This, coupled with our demonstrated commitment to building community-based coalitions, has made us a leading voice in New York City’s ongoing public discourse about affordable housing, tenants’ rights, foreclosure defense, and community-based development. We focus our work on advocacy that protects and develops affordable housing, combats tenant harassment and housing discrimination, strengthens families, provides access to education and health care, and safeguards subsistence income for low-income individuals and communities throughout Brooklyn and New York City.

Brooklyn A has three core programs—Preserving Affordable Housing (PAH) Program, Consumer & Economic Advocacy (CEA) Program, and Community & Economic Development (CED) Program—each of which has unique initiatives and plays an important community role to ensure basic needs are met and fundamental rights affirmed.

Questions? Contact us at (718) 487-2300.

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Funding for the CLA program is slated to be cut by @nycgov. This what our streets will look like if that happens. @BilldeBlasio @CM_MargaretChin @CarlinaRivera @cmenchaca @JonDoris1 @MarkGjonajNY #FundCLA & help small businesses survive this crisis.
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The Commercial Lease Assistance Program provides free legal representation for small biz. If funding stops June 30th, who will help them then? #FundCLA
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A black immigrant owns a food truck.The commercial kitchen in LIC where she preps the food is trying to evict her with no rightful basis. If we don’t #FundCLA, we won’t be able to resolve the issue and her business will close, leaving her and 9 employees jobless. @BobHoldenNYC BKAlegal photo
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Small biz owners need technical assistance to recover, reopen safely with evolving public health rules and prevent negative impacts of future disasters. Us, @VOLSProBono and @TakerootNYC are helping small biz when they need it the most. #FundCLA
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We obtained a rent reduction for April for an immigrant who owns a store in East Village. If CLA funding is cut, we cannot help her with future reductions. The store will likely not survive the #COVID19 crisis and all will lose jobs. #FundCLA @CarlinaRivera @JonDoris1