The Q at Parkside

(for those for whom the Parkside Q is their hometrain)

News and Nonsense from the Brooklyn neighborhood of Lefferts and environs, or more specifically a neighborhood once known as Melrose Park. Sometimes called Lefferts Gardens. Or Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. Or PLG. Or North Flatbush. Or Caledonia (west of Ocean). Or West Pigtown. Across From Park Slope. Under Crown Heights. Near Drummer's Grove. The Side of the Park With the McDonalds. Jackie Robinson Town. Home of Lefferts Manor. West Wingate. Near Kings County Hospital. Or if you're coming from the airport in taxi, maybe just Flatbush is best.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Help For Tenants In Need Of Legal Assistance

Hats off to Jesse Hamilton. He's not my State Senator but quite probably YOUR State Senator (the district lines changed since Eric Adams held the office). Hamilton's been addressing the issue of housing head on, particularly as it hits the neediest hardest. The biggest issue facing longtime rent-stabilized tenants is that landlords have grown increasingly brazen, crafty and sometimes downright unlegal (my term) in the way they try to convince lower income folks to move. These tactics, as we all know by now, often border on or cross the line into racism and ageism. Such unlegality is a source of much pain and heartbreak. I see it all the time on my block, and you probably do on yours as well. So...

Folks need lawyers. They need to know their rights, and they need to know that someone's on their side in the fight to keep their apartments. If you or someone you know needs help, please consider the following "Walk-In" Clinics with Brookly Housing and Family Services (BHFS). It would be petty of me (would it not?) to call out the name "walk-in clinic' when it goes on to say "by appointment only." I suspect you can walk-in and make an appointment though! Thanks Jesse, for staying in the fight.

Free Tenants' Rights Walk-In Clinic with BHFS
Housing Counselors
Will be available on site

*By Appointment Only*
Monday and Thursday
1:30 PM to 5:00 PM
 Tuesday and Wednesday
10:00 AM to 1:30 PM

Office of Senator Jesse Hamilton
1669 Bedford Avenue, 2nd Floor & Mezzanine, Brooklyn, NY
Senator Jesse Hamilton has partnered with Brooklyn Housing and Family Services (BHFS) to provide free housing services to residents. Counselors will help families and individuals improve their housing conditions and meet the responsibilities of tenancy and homeownership. To schedule an appointment with a housing counselor please click here.

What services does the clinic provide?
Counselors will provide answers to your rights as a tenant, and explain your options for dealing with a housing situation.
Common questions relate to:
  • getting repairs from negligent landlords
  • getting adequate heat in the winter months
  • dealing with the threat of eviction
  • questions about leases and lease renewals
  • legal rent increases for rent-regulated apartments
Jesse Hamilton - Putting Family First (literally)

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