The shortage of affordable rental housing remains one of the most critical problems facing low-income individuals and families in Brooklyn. The limited availability of safe, decent affordable housing makes the preservation of existing low-income housing crucial. Efforts to help low-income people gain access to — and remain in — such housing is central to our works. Brooklyn A created the Preserving Affordable Housing Program to defend the rights of tenants, work with groups building and operating tenant-run cooperatives, and help ensure that low income tenants have access to safe and affordable housing.
DIRECT CLIENT SERVICES
Our major priorities include:
- Eviction defense cases, especially cases involving public and subsidized housing residents and cases against major landlord actors
- Working with tenant associations to help them understand housing policies and assist in changing unfair policies when needed
- Advocating for victims of abuse to protect housing options — which could mean relocation for safety reasons or preservation of existing housing when abuse puts them under threat of eviction
- Working with low-income cooperatives