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Know Your Rights, Keep Your Apartment: Six Steps for Tenants

Posted: June 5, 2017 - 7:39am

Accelerated gentrification in Prospect Heights over the last decade has resulted in significant displacement of residents from our community. In fact, PHNDC has estimated that between 2000 and 2014, more than a fifth of Prospect Heights’ residents were likely directly displaced from the neighborhood.

Brooklyn Rent Freeze Housing Event

Start Date: 
March 24, 2017 - 10:00am - 2:00pm
Categories
Topic : 
Housing
Sponsored By: 
State Senator Jesse Hamilton, LiveOn NY
Location: 
Brooklyn Public Library, Central Library
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklykn
United States
Description: 

If you meet the following requirements, you can keep your rent from increasing by enrolling in the NYC Rent Freeze Program:

  • Age 62 years and older, or 18 years and older if disabled
  • Income of $50,000 or less
  • Live in a rent regulated apartment
  • Spend more than 1/3 of your income on rent

Application assistance will be available at this free event at Brooklyn Public Library.

It will help to expedite the process if you bring a copy of all documents in addition to your originals.

One of the following as proof of age: birth certificate, NYCID, US passport, driver’s license, nondriver’s identification, or other state or local document with date of birth on it.

Proof of income for all household members, including yourself and co-tenants, for the calendar year 2016. Proof of income includes but is not limited to:

  • 2016 Federal and State Income tax returns (if filed)
  • 2016W2's and 1099's
  • Social Security benefit award letter/statement (SSA/SSI/SSDI)
  • VA Disability Pension or compensation
  • Disability-related Medicaid
  • Pension statement
  • IRA or Annuity statement
  • Signed letter from boarder stating amount of monthly rental payments
  • Public assistance benefit letter
  • Signed letter from friend/family stating amount of monetary assistance to household

Rent-Stabilized Apartments—Bring in all that apply: prior and current lease signed by both you and your landlord; preferential rent rider; or Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) or 80/20 rider or 60/40 rider (if applicable).

Rent-Controlled Apartments—Bring in a copy of each of these: Notice of Maximum Collectible Rent (form RN-26) for prior year and current year and the Certification of Fuel Cost Adjustment (form RA3310) for prior and current year.

Rent-Regulated Hotel Units—Bring in a copy of one of these: DHCR rent history or DHCR annual apartment registration for prior and current year and signed letter from the Management or Owner indicating current and prior rent.

Mitchell-Lama or HDFC Cooperatives—Visit the HPD website for a list of documents needed and for more information at: http://www1.nyc.gov/site/hpd/renters/resources-subsidies.page or call (212) 863-8494.

For more information on SCRIE or DRIE, go to NYC Department of Finance website: nyc.gov/rentfreeze.

 

To RSVP and for more information, call (347) 450-8162 or email jbrown@liveon-ny.org.

Open to: 
General public

Intersection | Prospect Heights report highlights community reaction to neighborhood gentrification

Posted: February 27, 2017 - 1:47pm

How has gentrification affected the way community members feel about Prospect Heights, and what do they want for the neighborhood's future?

To answer these questions, Intersection | Prospect Heights collected oral histories and survey responses from over 500 current and former residents of Prospect Heights. The results are discussed in a new paper, "We're All Part of the Neighborhood," available for download from the Intersection | Prospect Heights web site.

The report describes how a surge in development since 2000 coincided with a sharp increase in housing cost. In the process, a large segment of Prospect Heights' population was displaced as more affluent residents moved in. While residents' perceptions of public education and security from crime have improved, the sense of community that many cherish may be threatened.

Lottery for affordable apartments at 38 Sixth Avenue opens

Posted: January 13, 2017 - 2:01pm

Greenland Forest City Partners is offering 303 affordable studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments at 38 Sixth Avenue (corner of Dean Street). Apartments will be awarded through a lottery administered by the City of New York. Eligible tenants may earn between $20,126 for an individual and $173,415 for a family of six. Amenities include a fitness center, lounge, childrens' playroom, yoga studio, bike storage, game room, and pet grooming area, as well as laundry facilities on each floor.

More information, including a detailed breakdown of the available units by income target and a schedule for information sessions, is available at www.38sixth.com.

These units, offered to prospective tenants of a wide range of incomes, represent an opportunity for community members concerned about being priced out of Prospect Heights to receive a stabilized lease at an affordable rent. Residents of Brooklyn community districts 2, 3, 6 and 8 receive lottery preference for 50% of all affordable apartments offered at Atlantic Yards. To apply for the 38 Sixth Avenue lottery, visit HPD's Housing Connect site (applications close March 14). If you have not yet registered for Housing Connect, you can do so here.

Everything You Need to Know About Area Median Income (AMI) and Affordable Housing

Start Date: 
January 10, 2017 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Categories
Topic : 
Housing
Zoning
Sponsored By: 
Council Member Laurie Cumbo
Location: 
Medgar Evers College
1638 Bedford Avenue
United States
Description: 

Council Member Laurie A. Cumbo's Community Exchange Series focused on education, opportunities, affordable housing, City Council funding, and proposed changes in the community, begins with “Everything You Need to Know about Affordable Housing and AMI,” held on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at Medgar Evers College from 6:30PM - 8:30PM. There will be an informative panel discussion, as well as a mini-expo where community groups, non-profits, and other local resources for affordable housing will interact with residents interested in advocacy.

Among those present will be New York City's Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), IMPACCT Brooklyn, Brooklyn Legal Services, Urban Justice Center, Brooklyn Neighborhood Services, and the New York City Council Land Use Division. The event is free and open to the public.

A complete listing of Council Member Cumbo's Community Exchange events is available here.

Open to: 
General public

Info session for Hub affordable apartments

Start Date: 
December 6, 2016 - 6:30pm
Categories
Topic : 
Housing
Sponsored By: 
PS 9 PTO; IMPACCT Brooklyn
Location: 
PS 9 auditorium
80 Underhill Avenue
Brooklyn
United States
Description: 

Find out about how to apply for a rent-stabilized lease on an affordable apartment at the Hub, a new development at 333 Schermerhorn Street. 46 studio apartments, 85 one-bedroom and 19 two-bedroom apartments are being offered to one- to four-person households with annual income between $29,898 and $54,360.

The apartments are offered through the City's lottery process, and the deadline for registration is December 15. Representatives from IMPACCT Brooklyn will explain how to complete an application for an apartment, and how to prepare for an interview, as well as provide tips on how to improve your chances of being chosen in the lottery.

To RSVP, please email AffordableHousing@impacctbk.org.

Open to: 
General public (RSVP requested)