5/2 Event: Homeowners Assistance & Tax Lien Workshop

Tuesday May 2, 2017

5:30 PM – 8:00 PM  Bethany United Methodist Church, 1208 St Johns Place, Brooklyn, NY 11213

Bethany United Methodist Church, 1208 St Johns Place, Brooklyn, NY 11213

New York State Senator Jesse Hamilton, in partnership with The Department of Finance, the Department of Environmental Protection, and the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, will provide one-on-one assistance, answering lien sale questions and provide resources

Note: each year, the Department of Finance sells tax liens. If your property has unpaid debt that qualifies for a lien sale, they can sell your lien debt to an authorized buyer!

For more information, call (718) 284-4700.

4/14-15 Event: Begin Again


Building on the success of 2016, the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office brings Begin Again to Bedford-Stuyvesant this April to give Brooklyn residents an opportunity to deal with summonses for low-level offenses quickly and easily right in their community. These summons warrants – ordered when people fail to answer a ticket for minor quality of life offenses such as drinking alcohol in public or being in a park after closing – have ballooned into a total of over a million in New York City, with about a quarter originating in Brooklyn. These open warrants weigh down an overburdened courts system and can hold back individuals who have them on their records.

Of the 2,588 Begin Again participants who have attended events so far, no one has been arrested and all have received consultation with attorneys from Legal Aid on how to resolve their warrants and on any other legal issues they had.

For more information and to pre-register: 718-250-3888






Help For Older Homeowners

The Center for NYC Neighborhoods is offering assistance to older homeowners. Learn about free financial and legal assistance for senior homeowners in New York City. Get help! Before making any financial decisions about your home, make sure you know the facts!

Call 311 and ask for the Center for NYC neighborhoods or reach them directly 646-786-0888. Their network of professional nonprofit service providers can assist you with the following services at no cost to you:

  • Estate Planning and Financial Counseling
  • Home Repair and Retrofitting
  • Mortgage Loans Modifications
  • Tax Liens
  • Legal Help

Free help is just a phone call away.

SCRIE and DRIE applications now available

Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE)  and Disabled Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE) forms are now available for the 2017 year. These applications assist seniors and the disabled with obtaining rent freezes. The applications can be downloaded and completed online, or obtained from the CB8 office.

Applications can be obtained here.

In addition, if you lost your SCRIE or DRIE benefits in the past for failure to recertify on time, the Dept. of Finance (DOF) wants you to know that if you were receiving this benefit from December 1, 2011 onward and were unable to renew your Rent Free benefit because you needed more time due to a disability or physical impairment,  you could still be eligible for the benefit. According to the DOF, tenants/applicants who lost the benifit, then re-entered the program at a higher frozen rent should submit the “application for Additional Time to Renew Lapsed Benefit” form. If you are a tenant/applicant who lost your benefit and have not subsequently re-entered  SCRIE/DRIE, you should complete the “Applicaiton for Additional Time to Renew Expired Benefit” form.

These forms are available at the SCRIE/DRIE walk-in center located at 66 John Street, 3rd Floor in Manhattan 

Free Legal Services for All

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is pleased to present Free Legal Services for All at the People’s House, Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209  Joralemon Street, Downtown Brooklyn.

Legal services are offered in a variety of fields. Please call 718-802-3777 to make an appointment.