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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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4 weeks ago
Are you or someone you know a small business owner? Help us spread the word about this opportunity to have a free 1-on-1 session with an attorney to review your commercial lease. Sign up by October 25 here: BKAlegal photo
4 weeks ago
We are THRILLED to be selected by @BklynFoundation as a finalist for the 2019 Spark Prize! This also makes us eligible for a $5,000 matching grant on Giving Tuesday. Stay tuned for our #BrooklynGives campaign launch! BKAlegal photo
1 month ago
ICYMI: One of our attorneys, Samantha Rauer brings you behind the storefronts to give a glimpse at how vacancies & rising rents are affecting our neighborhoods - and our neighbors.
1 month ago
Calling all small-business owners in Jackson Heights! This workshop is tomorrow!
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Chhaya CDC @ChhayaCDC
Our #RentWorkshop & #LegalClinic for #SmallBiz is TOMORROW! The workshop will be led by @BKAlegal around additional costs - #realestatetaxes & #waterbills.

Afterward, you can meet a lawyer about your commercial lease. Call 7184783848 for an appt.
1 month ago
Thank you @CitizensBank @DimeBank @ridgewoodsavingbank @MandT_Bank @SignatureBankNY for joining us for our Partnership Breakfast where we discussed the intersections of our work to advance social, economic, and racial justice in Brooklyn and throughout NYC. Your support is key! BKAlegal photo
1 month ago
Congrats @RLEspinal and all of ENY! 100% affordable housing should be the standard!
Rafael L Espinal Jr. @RLEspinal
Yesterday we broke ground on a project that defies all of the anxiety & fears that our community typically has towards new developments.

With 50 Penn, ENY will have new 100% affordable housing, and that means what’s actually affordable to those who live here.