Tenant Organizing and Counseling

Our Tenant Organizing and Counseling program helps residents of Cypress Hills meet their needs for healthy, safe, affordable housing. We help tenants who are facing housing problems through both collective organizing and individual counseling.

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Tenant Organizing

Our Tenant Organizers help solve housing issues by collectively organizing tenants in their buildings to bring about positive changes. We work at buildings where crises need to be addressed, such as repair, safety or landlord concerns, and help tenants form tenant associations and launch campaigns to win improvements. Successes include winning repairs for individual apartments and buildings, removal of building superintendents who are gang leaders, and empowering tenants in foreclosed buildings to continue utility provision through transferring accounts into their names.

Tenant Counseling

Our Tenant Counselors provide individual assistance to help tenants address the housing problems they are facing. This includes issues such as accessing housing subsidies, fighting eviction, and negotiating with landlords to obtain repairs for hazardous living conditions.

Tenant Resources
Our resources for tenants will help you learn about:

What can I do if my landlord is not making repairs?/¿Que puedo hacer si mi arrendatario no esta haciendo las reparaciones?
Repairs_English
Reparaciones_Español

What can I do if my landlord wants to evict me?/¿Que puedo hacer si mi dueño me quiere deslojar?
Eviction Process_English
Proceso de Desalojo_Español

What are my rights as a tenant in a regulated vs. unregulated building?
Tenants Rights Regulated vs. Unregulated_English
Derechos de Inquilinos_Regulados vs. No Regulados_Español

Is your landlord pressuring you to move out?/¿Está presionandote el dueño para que tu mudes?
Buyout_English
Buyout_Español

Contact:
Dubois Thomas
Director of Tenant Organizing and Counseling
duboist@cypresshills.org
(917) 893-8801, Ext. 206

Community Organizing
2966 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11208-1009

To find announcements about new affordable housing lotteries in New York City, click here: https://a806-housingconnect.nyc.gov/nyclottery/lottery.html#current-projects

To apply for affordable housing lotteries, find applications here: NYC Housing Connect

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