Tenant Help

Eviction or displacement protection

Losing your job, unforeseen expenses, or other circumstances can cause you to fall behind in your rent. If you are facing eviction, we understand. Impacct Brooklyn helps people like you every day, finding ways to keep people in their homes.

When dealing with unfair evictions, we make sure tenants know their rights, and help them advocate for themselves to save their homes. Our services focus on:

  • One-on-one counseling
  • Free legal help in our legal clinics
  • Tenants rights workshops
  • Eviction prevention
An eviction notice is scary, but do not panic. You can fight eviction if you take action immediately. Call us. Our staff will explain what to do and help you take action to avoid being evicted. Our services are free so reach out to us today.

With Impacct Brooklyn, you can get free legal advice from lawyers who know about housing issues. You’ll come out of the session feeling more confident about what can be done about your issue, a clear understanding of your rights, and specific actions that you can take to remedy your problem. Housing Issues take time to resolve. We will work with you in a confidential and non-judgmental manner to assess and help you with your case.

Confidential 30-minute session.
Meet one-on-one with a lawyer who understands landlord issues and how to address them. Learn what rights you have and what you can do to address your situation. All evictions are unique. The first thing you must do is act early. Once you get the first notice, contact us right away.

1124 Fulton Street (Between Classon and Franklin Avenues)

  • Every Monday from 12 to 5 p.m.
  • Every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Special Evening Hours: First Wednesday of Every Month from 6 to 8 p.m.

Protect yourself from landlord issues

Are you being harassed by your landlord? Being overcharged for rent? Not getting the repairs you need? Facing unlawful evictions? Learn your rights and fight back. There are many ways IMPACCT Brooklyn can provide the help you need.

Want to know your rights when it comes to housing law? Get free legal advice from lawyers who know about housing issues. You’ll come out of the session feeling more confident about what can be done about your landlord issues, a clear understanding of your rights, and specific actions that you can take to remedy your problem.

Confidential 30-minute session.
Meet one-on-one with a lawyer who understands landlord issues and how to address them.
Learn what rights you have and what you can do to address your situation.

1124 FULTON STREET

  • Between Classon and Franklin Avenues
  • 1st Wednesday of every month, 6:00 pm, by appointment only.

226 LEFFERTS PLACE

  • Corner of Franklin Avenue in Bed Stuy
  • 3rd Thursday of every month, 6:00 pm, by appointment only.

If you are experiencing landlord problems including repair issues, harassment, rent overcharging, or other issues, we can help. Meet one-on-one with an experienced counselor who understands landlord issues and get answers to your questions.

  • Sessions last from 15 minutes to one hour and are confidential.
  • Feel more confident about what can be done about your landlord issues.
  • Gain a clear understanding of your rights, your options, and specific actions that you can take to remedy your problem.
  • To get the best result, please contact us as soon as possible once you anticipate a problem or have experienced one.

1124 FULTON STREET

  • Between Classon and Franklin Avenues
  • 1st Saturday of every month, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.
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Improving your financial health

IMPACCT Brooklyn believes that when more residents understand and take ownership of their finances, they can make better financial choices, invest wisely, take ownership of their own lives and, ultimately, build and maintain the communities they live in.

We assist by hosting free Personal Financial Workshops, where we teach individuals how to be in complete control over spending, credit scores, and debt. We also provide one-on-one counseling and guide clients on how to create budget plans, establish new credit, and assist with negotiations and payment agreements with creditors.

Many residents are not able to take advantage of quality housing as a result of poor credit scores or poor financial planning, which negatively impact their applications for rentals or homeownership. IMPACCT Brooklyn offers various services to address that. Currently, we are collaborating with affordable housing programs to assist in helping clients repair and maintain good credit for those seeking future housing. It is important to ensure that credit scores meet the standard qualifications for approval.
Start today by contacting us to schedule an appointment for a one-on-one financial counseling session or register for our next Free Personal Financial Workshop Series. Begin the process of confronting issues regarding spending, budgeting, and planning for a stable financial future.

IMPACCT Brooklyn helps those who are struggling with budgeting, managing their credit, and preparing for major purchases. We offer courses on minimizing debt, overcoming bad credit, how to budget, and banking basics as well as one-on-one counseling.

SERVICES

  • Financial education workshops and seminars
  • One–on-one credit counseling and debt management assistance
  • Speaking to groups about financial topics

CONTACT
Daune Harrison
718-522-2613 x319
daune_harrison@impacctbk.org

How a Vista Tenant Organizer can help

The VISTA Tenant Organizer position is either a one year or two-year position funded by the federal housing agency, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as part of a national tenant organizing program. The tenant organizer will assist, inform, educate, and engage tenants living in buildings that are at risk of loss of affordability, assist in campaigns to preserve HUD-assisted affordable housing, and participate in a national movement to preserve at-risk affordable housing with the National Alliance of HUD Tenants (NAHT). We are seeking a VISTA Tenant Organizer to carry out outreach, education, and organizing work associated with this grant.
  • Engages in door-to-door outreach, identify and recruit tenant leaders to help form or strengthen independent tenant associations or organizing committees that meet HUD standards in 3-4 targeted Section 8 developments per year, averaging 150 apartments per development;
  • Provides training in tenants’ rights, HUD housing subsidies, and organizational and leadership development to targeted tenant associations;
  • Helps tenants identify critical areas of need and goals and strategies for selected buildings
  • Coordinates tenant efforts to engage owners, public officials, and HUD and other agencies to preserve and improve targeted properties;
  • Assists tenant associations in networking and building alliances with other tenant associations and allies in their local areas and nationwide;
  • Assists targeted tenant associations in obtaining services through negotiation with owners and referrals to other agencies;
  • Assists the sponsor in raising funds for at least one tenant leader from targeted buildings to attend the June NAHT training conference in Washington, DC
  • Participates in at least 3⁄4 of bi-weekly NAHT Network training calls and NAHT Network task forces, as appropriate
  • Helps plan and arrange for tenant participation in regional “Eyes and Ears” meetings between tenant associations and HUD Headquarters and Regional staff, as appropriate
  • Develops written reports on “best practices” and victory stories and related materials to share with project partners and tenant associations
  • Track the number of organizations and tenants that receive capacity building services through an activity log;
  • Track increased requests for organizing assistance made to local sponsoring organizations;
  • Support the broader goals and mission of the placement organization;
  • Become adept at identifying eligible buildings for outreach, organizing, and tenant engagement and prioritize buildings at risk due to expiring contracts and/or substandard physical or social conditions.

Community Impact

When it comes to community, our focus is on establishing an outreach program that provides local residents with information about events, news and headlines. We provide housing lottery training workshops and work with developers to provide affordable units to community residents. We also connect on a personal level, offering one-on-one housing counseling sessions.
OUR IMPACT
10
new tenant associations organized in 2022
23
tenant leaders trained 2022-23
40
homeowners referred to federally guaranteed rent programs in 2022
200
first time homebuyers educated 2021-22
4
major citywide initiative/ campaigns supported
$1+
million in pandemic funds raised to help Brooklyn recover in 2020-21
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“IMPACCT’s program gave me a bit of foresight about what to expect and what to prepare. Without that, it would have been a bit more tenuous because I was going through the homebuying process for the first time.”
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