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)


2015-2016 HEAP Season Starts Monday, November 16

Beginning Monday, November 16, 2015, low-income New York City homeowners and renters can apply for assistance paying their utility or heating bills through New York State’s Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). This program is for U.S. citizens and qualified aliens.

HEAP Components

Regular HEAP season is scheduled to run from November 16, 2015, to March 15, 2016. The Regular HEAP benefit is based on income, household size, primary heating source, and whether a vulnerable household member is included.

Emergency HEAP opens January 4, 2016, and is scheduled to close March 15, 2016. HEAP emergency benefits provide additional assistance to:

  • households whose utility service is scheduled for shut off or has been shut off OR
  • households that have less than one-quarter tank of oil, kerosene, or propane or less than a 10-day supply of other deliverable fuel


Heating Equipment Repair or Replacement (HERR) opened on November 9, 2015, and will close when funding runs out. HERR benefits provide assistance for repair or replacement of essential primary-home heating equipment that is owned by the applicant.

All HEAP programs’ closing dates depend on available funding.

Referral Phone Numbers

For more information on HEAP, constituents can call 800-692-0557.

Homebound individuals can request HEAP information or a home visit at 212-331-3150.

HEAP Applications

HEAP applications are available online Monday, November 16, 2015, at the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) website at otda.ny.gov/programs/heap/apply and through ACCESS NYC at www.nyc.gov/accessnyc.

Constituents can also call Infoline (718-557-1399) to have an application mailed to them. The caller’s mailing address and information will be entered in Infoline’s PikPak to request a HEAP application in any of 8 languages – English, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Korean, or Italian.

New York City residents CANNOT apply online; they must submit their completed and signed application by mail or in person at a HEAP office, listed below.

HEAP Season 2015-2016 Office Addresses
Location Days of


Floor Borough Zip
122 East 124th Street Monday – Friday lobby Manhattan 10035
1932 Arthur Avenue Monday – Friday lobby Bronx 10457
1775 Grand Concourse Monday-Friday lobby Bronx 10453
503 Clermont Avenue Monday – Friday 2nd Brooklyn 11238
3050 West 21st Street Monday – Friday 3rd Brooklyn 11224
88 3rd Avenue Monday – Friday 1st Brooklyn 11217
1 Metro Tech Center Monday – Friday lobby Brooklyn 11201
1535 Pitkin Avenue Monday – Friday lobby Brooklyn 11212
165-08 88th Avenue Monday – Friday 6th Queens 11432
89-67 162nd Street Monday – Friday lobby Queens 11432
33-28 Northern Blvd Monday – Friday lobby Queens 11101
325 Beach 37th Street Tuesday, Wednesday lobby Queens 11691
120-55 Queens Blvd, Rm 225 Monday – Wednesday 2nd Queens 11424
1931 Mott Avenue, Rm 410 Wednesday 4th Queens 11691
136-20 38th Avenue Tuesday – Thursday lobby Queens 11354
10 Richmond Terrace Monday – Friday 4th Staten Island 10301
209 Bay Street Monday – Friday 1st Staten Island 10301
2031 Forrest Avenue Monday – Friday lobby Staten Island 10303
HEAP Mailing Address NYC HEAP

PO Box 1401

Church Street Station

New York, NY 10008