Tenant Organizing & Counseling
Building Community. Growing Leaders.
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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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.
Our resources for tenants will help you learn about:
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
Senior Tenant Counselor
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
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.
East New York Rezone
East New York, including Cypress Hills, is in the process of being rezoned. Rezoning means that the laws and regulations about what kind of buildings can be built, and where, are going to change in our neighborhood. In several years, it is likely that Cypress Hills will look noticeably different than it does today, with taller buildings and more people.
In order to advocate for a fair and just rezoning process, CHLDC joined the Coalition for Community Advancement: Progress for Cypress Hills and East New York with other community and civic organizations, small businesses, houses of worship and local citizens. Since its founding in 2015, the Coalition has advocated tirelessly and mobilized the community to advocate for safe, affordable housing, tenant protections against displacement, living-wage jobs and better services to our community.
The Coalition authored a plan for East New York rezoning efforts during the beginning stages of the rezoning process. Read our solutions for housing, workforce development and resources that will truly match the needs of this community.
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