Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Serving homebuyers and homeowners since 1990. Neighbors Helping Neighbors (NHN) promotes racial justice while empowering low- and moderate-income New Yorkers to fight for, secure, and maintain quality housing and build financial assets. NHN is a HUD-approved housing counseling agency based in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

Founded in 1990, Neighbors Helping Neighbors (NHN) is a FAC-affiliated, housing counseling and tenant advocacy organizationBased in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, NHN’s advocacy work extends to nearby neighborhoods, including Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst, Coney Island and Canarsie.  

Tenant Counseling, Advocacy, and Organizing 

Tenant counseling, advocacy, and organizing at NHN educates tenants about their rights, helps them obtain necessary home repairs, combat rent overcharges and landlord harassment, apply for rental subsidies, and avoid eviction. This program provides bilingual English/Spanish one-on-one tenant counseling, tenant rights workshops, and legal clinics.

Brooklyn Tenants United is a coalition of Park Slope and Sunset Park tenants, organizing for tenant rights.

NHN rallies around tenants’ right to gas, heating and repairs.

NHN also helps tenants connect their personal experiences to larger community issues and economic forces. Tenant organizers engage residents in city and statewide housing rights campaigns, and organize tenant associations to help tenants learn their rights, and organize to fight predatory landlords, win better housing conditions, and preserve housing affordability. We also organize Brooklyn Tenants United (BTU), a group of South Brooklyn tenants who meet regularly to share their stories, learn about their rights, and work together to preserve affordable housing and strengthen the community. BTU participants are mostly low-income, immigrant, and predominantly Latina women who live in Sunset Park and Park Slope. NHN develops their leadership skills and offers them opportunities to participate in a variety of housing justice campaigns.

NHN organized a Valentine’s Day themed rally to support tenants.

NHN provides free advocacy and support to help homeowners avoid foreclosureNHN’s counselors are HUD-Certified and have been trained in foreclosure prevention counseling by the nationally recognized NeighborWorks Center for Homeownership Education and CounselingThrough one-on-one guidance, we help homeowners develop a budget, explore refinancing options and loan modificationsobtain rescue funds and property tax reductions, and access other resources to help them resolve their financial hardships.  Our goal is to help homeowners make informed decisions that maximize their financial stability and help them preserve their assets. 

To obtain these free services, please contact: (718) 237-2017, ext. 151 and/or homeownership@fifthave.org 

NHN promotes generational wealth through sustainable homeownership for low- and moderate-income households.  We provide financial counseling, homebuyer education seminars, help choosing a great mortgage, and access to down payment assistance.  Learn from homebuying experts how to prepare your credit and finances, avoid predatory lending, choose an affordable mortgage, and navigate the homebuying process. 

Your first step on this journey is to complete our brief Homebuyer Readiness Survey: 

Click here to complete the survey. 

Your survey responses will help staff provide tailored advice and recommendations, including information about upcoming homebuyer seminars.  After you complete the survey, staff will contact you by phone and/or email to discuss next steps. 

NHN seminars satisfy the required homebuyer training component for: 

Please note that even with these available forms of assistance, first-time homebuyers should be saving aggressively and should plan to have significant funds of their own available for their home purchase. 

 

We look forward to working with you on your path to homeownership!