Rise Up Stay Put
Saturday July 30, 2011 (10am-3pm)
a "bad mortgage"? Facing foreclosure? Attend this event at LIU Brooklyn
and speak with your loan servicer.
45 Clermont Avenue
Applications of interest
are now being accepted for affordable rental apts at 45 Clermont. A
brand new developed building in Wallabout, Brooklyn with Studios, 1 and
For info or applications
Do you want a healthy home, free of
test your apt together!
dust wipe test and education session in your home. Together we can end
lead poisoning. Make an appointment:
(718) 522-2613 *21
Brooklynites know your rights!
-Need information about
-Paying back rent?
PACC is now offering 2
legal clinics a month.
You must call to make an
(718) 522-2613 x24
Saturday Hours at
201 Dekalb Avenue:
The main office is open the first Sat. of every month. Come by with
your tenants rights questions or just stop in to say hello! [flyer
Time Home Buyer Workshop
now for fall 2011 classes. Workshops are being held in September and
November on the following dates:
September: 8, 15, 22, 29
November: 1, 8, 15, 22
Call 718-783-3549 *10 to register (more
|PACC Talk July
...Read about the pursuit of building an equitable, diverse, engaged
and flourishing community in central Brooklyn.
Green Supportive Housing Construction Reaches Milestone
PACC broke ground last
September on a new 8-story supportive housing building for formerly
homeless and low income community residents. The project is part of a
mixed-use, mixed income development called "Navy Green" which is under
construction at the former Navy Brig site in Wallabout, Brooklyn. The
general contractor, Mega Contracting, Inc. is now two thirds of the way
complete on the building!
by Matthew Bremer of Architecture
In Formation with Curtis +
Ginsberg as executive architect,
the building incorporates many environmentally conscientious
strategies. It has been engineered according to the NYSERDA
Multi-family Performance Program and will receive an Energy Star
rating. The entire development site also plans to achieve LEED for
Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) certification. Some "green"
practices include exterior insulation on the foundation and cavity
walls with an air barrier to enhance energy efficiency, manage moisture
and reduce the building's carbon footprint. The masonry block is a
recycled post-consumer Supplementary Cementatious Material (SCM)
derived from post-consumer recycled glass. In addition, a high
efficiency boiler is located on the roof and the building incorporates
Energy Star appliances and light fixtures with occupancy sensors. PACC
was also dedicated to utilizing interior finishes derived from natural
products, such as linoleum flooring, emission free medium density
fiberboard (MDF) for molding and wheat board for shelving.
Navy Greene Supportive Housing building will provide 98 studio
apartments, plus a two bedroom superintendent's unit, with social
services for the 59 special needs individuals funded through the
historic New York/New York III City-State partnership and 24/7
security. The project is being developed and managed by PACC with
on-site social services provided by Brooklyn
Community Housing and Services,
Inc., a local non-profit service provider with a long history in the
plans to begin marketing the 38 low income studio units with a
preference for Community Board 2 in Fall 2011. Please look for further
information on the application process to be posted later this Summer.
Update: Our "neighbors" at 45 Clermont in the Navy Green development
site have already begun marketing their affordable rental building
visit their website for more
- More photos of the 40 Vanderbilt work site-
Assists a Distressed Building in Prospect Lefferts Gardens
Development department has been very busy assisting the tenants at 265
Hawthorne Street while it is undergoing renovations! Located in
Prospect Lefferts Gardens, 265 Hawthorne is a 71-unit building
comprised of a mixture of studios, 1BR and 2BR apartments. Building
amenities include a community room, backyard, laundry room and
underground parking. Built in the late 1960s, 265 Hawthorne by the
mid-2000s was in need of building-wide upgrades, general repair, and
refinancing. So when the 265 Hawthorne Tenant Association contacted
PACC in 2007, as an approved Third Party Transfer developer/sponsor for
their building. We assessed the building's issues and took action.
of the families that live at the building are long-term, including some
that have been there for over 25 years. One tenant, Mr. Pagan
(52-years-old) has been a resident for 14 years. In the early stages,
Mr. Pagan did his own repairs because the former landlord would not.
Money was tight and he couldn't get everything done. After PACC's
renovation to his apartment, Mr. Pagan recently said, "I know I can't
do better than this at this price nowhere...and [I have] a porch too!"
at the building includes new electrical system, new plumbing, new
heating system, new windows and roof. There will also be new bathrooms
and kitchens with energy efficient appliances in every apartment.
During construction tenants are relocated to vacant apartments within
the building and sometimes in buildings nearby. After a four-month
period, they return to their newly-renovated apartment. The
construction is being completed in six phases and everything is
expected be completed in the fall of 2012.
is undergoing the renovations with help from New York City's Third
Party Transfer Program and Preservation Participatory Loan Program
(PLP). The City's PLP loan
is significant, as it is a blended loan through The Department of
Housing Preservation and Development (HPD)
and the Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF)-a
private lender. The building will eventually become a 'limited- equity'
cooperative. In order to prepare for that, HPD will provide cooperative
training courses to the tenants.
from Deb Howard on the Rent Laws
PACC has been very
involved in the
Real Rent Reform
the past three years. This campaign worked to create significant and
meaningful changes to the laws that protect over 1 million households
in NYC. This past year, PACC emerged as a leader in the campaign,
chairing the base building committee, participating on the rapid
response team as well as the legislative and action committees. PACC
tenant leaders and staff met with state representatives to express our
concerns and ideas of change. We held a rally at the Lafayette Avenue
Presbyterian Church in February to kick off the Brooklyn R3 campaign,
attended by over 300 people. We held press conferences at Borough Hall
and a two day protest in Columbus Park to draw attention to the need to
strengthen and renew the laws. We traveled to Albany monthly to make
sure we weren't forgotten. All this was done in collaboration with 75
groups throughout New York State.
a result of these tremendous efforts, the state legislature acted to
renew the rent laws, and for the first time since 1993, also took small
steps to address two of the loop holes that have resulted in the loss
of thousands of rent regulated units in NYC.
The deal that was worked out has 6 parts, it:
1) renews the rent laws until 2015;
2) raises the threshold for vacancy destabilization from $2,000 to
$2,500 for vacant apartments;
3) raises the rent threshold for people earning $200,000 for two years
in a row to $2,500 for high rent high income destabilization;
4) limits the number of times a landlord can collect the 20% vacancy
bonus to one time per year;
5) changes the rent increase calculation for Individual Apartment
Improvement Increases from 1/40 to 1/60 of the cost of the improvements
in buildings over 35 units; and
6) if the rent increase from the Individual Apartment Improvement
increase adds 10% or more to the legal regulated rent, adds a landlord
certification requirement to the approval process to ensure that the
improvements were actually made and that the reported cost is accurate.
For the full bill click
marks a partial victory. The pendulum has swung back in the direction
of protecting our communities, but more work remains to be done. Thank
you to all of the tenants who supported the Real Rent Reform campaign
this session, by becoming members of PACC and the PACC Leadership
Group, making financial contributions to the campaign, and/or by
participating in our campaign activities. We are deeply grateful to you
for your involvement and quite literally could not have accomplished
this important victory without you. We hope you will continue to be
involved in the next phase of this campaign as we continue to fight to
keep New York diverse and affordable, and to defend and expand tenants'
- More photos of our Community Organizers rallying for stronger rent
Hosts Another Successful Housing Fair at Concord Baptist
On the evening of June
21st PACC Home Services Department hosted a homeowner/homebuyer fair at
Concord Baptist Church. Sponsored by Wells Fargo Home Mortgage and
Chase, the goal was to educate first time home buyers, current home
owners and members of the community on purchasing, financial
preparedness, foreclosure prevention and maintaining their home.
approximately 150 attendees, people were able to speak to the dozens of
representatives from local businesses, nonprofits and city agencies.
PACC also facilitated break out sessions where instructors spoke to
groups of 25 on common purchasing and ownership issues. PACC's Credit
Counselor, Charrisse Smith, spoke on Credit and Finance and Steven
Cozier from Chase Home Finance conducted The Home Buying Process while
PACC's Homeowner Counselor Bonita Dowling and Foreclosure Counselor
Stephan Dookeeram gave information on Repair Grants and Loans and How
to Avoid Foreclosure. As the evening came to a close Pat Julien, our
Director of Home Services encouraged the attendees to attend the First
Time Home Buyer and Financial Literacy courses that PACC offers
throughout the year.
For more information on our Home Services
Department email email@example.com
or call 718-783-3549.
to see all our upcoming events
-7/21/2011 Monthly Community Meeting and Legal Clinic [flyer]
Learn about tenant rights and speak to a lawyer about a landlord/tenant
-7/25/2011 Bed-Stuy Tax and Water Lien Help Night [flyer]
Get your tax and water liens cleared up/make payment arrangements, etc.
-7/30/2011 Rise Up and Stay Put Home Rescue Fair [flyer]
CNYCN event offering free foreclosure prevention services (speak one on
one w/your lender!)
-8/20/2011 PACC Leadership Group Summer Picnic [save the date!]