1-on-1 Tenant Counseling: Our office, located at 201 Dekalb Avenue, is open Monday to Friday from 9am-5pm. Tenants should call to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are accepted. Starting April 2009, we are open on the 1st Saturday of every month from 10am-1pm.
Tenant Rights Workshops: Every third Thursday of the month, we host a workshop where residents come together to discuss building problems, community and neighborhood issues, and gain more knowledge of tenant rights.
Legal Clinics: In partnership with South Brooklyn Legal Services & the Brooklyn Neighborhood Office of the Legal Aid Society, PACC offers two legal clinics every month for tenants; the 1st Wednesday & 3rd Thursday of the month (by appointment only).
Assistance Building Tenant Associations: We provide support to buildings that want to create or strengthen tenant associations.
Building Outreach & Surveys: We conduct surveys in Community Boards 3 & 8 for NYC’s Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD) to document violations and facilitate repairs.
City-Wide Organizing: We work with city, state, and federal coalitions to preserve and create affordable housing through policy change.
Lead Testing and Education: We provide education on the hazards of lead paint and conduct tests for lead paint in your home. To find out more information, call Hector Rivera at 718-522-2613 ext. 21
PLG - PACC Leadership Group: This group of community members comes together to organize around community issues of housing, health, education, concern for senior citizens and youth as well as develop their community organizing and leadership skills.
Each every 3rd Wednesday of the month, by appointment only, PACC holds
Displacement Watch meetings at our 201 Dekalb office for tenants that have received eviction notices or otherwise need assistance with their housing situation. For more information about these meetings or to make an appointment, contact Juanita Edwards at 718-522-2613 x24.
Organizing for Safe Housing
Thanks to the start up grants of DeutscheBank and the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, PACC initiated an ongoing participatory research project to test homes for lead paint in the high-risk neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant. Our pilot project, run in the Spring of 2003, led to our discovery of widespread lead hazards--1 in every 3 homes tested with dangerous levels--which was documented in our report "The Politics of Poison," and featured in the New York Times along with numerous other media outlets. In 2004 we published a follow-up report, which found that half of the 73 units tested contained lead levels above the federal safety threshold.
Along with our lead paint organizing, PACC organizes tenants around other code enforcement and health problems like a lack of heat and cockroach and rodent infestations—which can trigger asthma attacks. For more information on our lead paint and code enforcement organizing, contact Hector Rivera at 718-522-2613 x21.