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.

Follow @BKALegal on Twitter:

2 days ago
We are very disappointed by the news we received this week. The City cut the Commercial Lease Assistance program. It is truly unfair to further disadvantage small businesses (and nonprofits) during a crisis. Thank you @usb_nyc for continuing to speak up. https://t.co/bSiFKCk0Kq
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The CLA Program:
✔️served over 1,200 low-income commercial tenants across NYC (74% POC, 65% immigrants, 51% women)
✔️provided free legal representation to clients who otherwise could not afford it
✔️amounted to less than 1% of @NYC_SBS’ annual budget
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2 weeks ago
Head to Restoration Plaza now with your reusable bag to pick up free essential items. TY @RCornegyJr for supporting our community fill its basic needs. https://t.co/K9FlsXTEhM
3 weeks ago
Today @forbes covered the proposed cut of the CLA program, @nycgov only full-service legal assistance program for small biz! It's clear - NYC's small biz needs the city to #FundCLA to survive this crisis. TY @CarlinaRivera @JonDoris1 for the support!
https://t.co/6NIeQIKrBl
4 weeks ago
Read about the team of people (including us!) who helped the oldest bar in NYC @Neirstavern , avoid its "last call" and reach 190 years of operation: https://t.co/RtEGS0qwt6
@usb_nyc @BobHoldenNYC @TakerootNYC @VOLSProBono @NYC_SBS @NYCMayor #FundCLA https://t.co/HToPYk0PJx
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