Every Thursday: Brooklyn Housing Enrollment Event


Free Workshops for Homeowners and Homebuyers

foreclosure prevention

house selling

foreclosure defense


home buying 101

Announcement: Seniors and New Yorkers with disabilities are getting a tax break

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Good news! On August 25th, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation that will increase the income eligibility to qualify for the Senior Citizen and Disabled Homeowners’ Exemption programs.  The new income threshold is $58,399. Please help us spread the word!

Homeowners with annual income of $58,399 or less are now eligible to receive the Senior Citizen Homeowners’ Exemption (SCHE) or Disabled Homeowners’ Exemption (DHE).

Who may be eligible

  • Seniors 65+ or disabled New Yorkers with annual income of $58,399 or less.

How it works

  • SCHE and DHE exempt 5 to 50% of the assessed value of your home from taxation.

How to apply

Why YOU should apply

  • You could save hundreds of dollars or more on your property taxes this year!

Already receiving SCHE or DHE? Take no action! Any increases to your benefit will appear on your January 2018 property tax bill—with a retroactive credit to July 1, 2017.

Previously denied because your income was too high? Take no action! If your income is $58,399 or less, we will apply the benefit to your account automatically, beginning with your January 2018 property tax bill—with a retroactive credit to July 1, 2017.

— NYC Department of Finance

Apply for the Homeowner Tax Credit

If you own a house that is listed on the State and National Registers of
Historic Places individually or is contributing to a listed historic district and
located in an eligible census tract, you may qualify for a state historic
rehabilitation tax credit equal to 20% of the repair costs.

▪ You must own and live in the house.
▪ The repair costs must exceed $5,000 and you must spend at least 5% on exterior work.
▪ All the work must be approved by the Division for Historic Preservation before you begin.
A wide range of work items are eligible, including the repair of walls, floors, chimneys, doors and windows as well as new roofs, mechanical systems, electrical wiring and plumbing. The credit does not cover work outside the house, such as landscaping, fencing and new additions.

For more information, download the Homeowner Tax Credit Handout. Enclosed is the NYS Tax Credit Application Form.

For tax credit information, applications and assistance, click here or call 518-237-8643.

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.

Homeowner Protection Program (HOPP)

Did you know that since 2010, almost 3,000 New Yorkers have have been victims of foreclosure rescue scams? Legitimate help with your mortgage is just a phone call away.

Free, professional advice is available through the NYS Attorney General’s Homeowner Protection Program (HOPP). Call 1-855-466-9456 (1-855-HOME-456) today to connect with a qualified legal services or housing counseling professional.

You can also visit www.AGScamHelp.com.

04/02 Event: Deeds Workshop (Fair Housing Month Celebration)