The Housing Committee helps to advocate for fair housing, housing resources, tenant’s rights, affordable housing and senior citizens housing. The committee also helps first time home owners and at risk existing homeowners residing in the Community Board 17 district.

Commerce meetings typically occur monthly on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 7:30pm and are held in the Board’s office.

Working to Keep Our community informed and empowered

  • The Housing Committee’s responsibilities include monitoring and reviewing the services provided by the Department of Housing, Preservation and Development, monitors, formulates various resolutions on affordable housing, rent control, rent stabilization, federal Section 8 vouchers, the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption law and Mitchell-Lama housing.
  • With respect to the homeless, the committee monitors the services provided by the Department of Homeless Services and meets with other private and public providers of services for the homeless. Develop plans for the preservation and upgrading of the Community’s Housing stock.
  • Identify the needs and strategies for neighborhood improvements. Review vacant buildings in the neighborhood to assess need for seal-up or demolition.
  • Recommend sites for residential facilities for special need groups, i.e. homeless, handicapped, youth, and immigrants. Pursue housing funding from private sources for major rehabilitation and other services pertinent to housing and special projects.
  • Identify and publicize investment incentives that are available to promote district revitalization.
  • Compile pertinent information on housing and commercial development, (i.e., loans, mortgages, private developers, and area renewal plans).
  • Monitors housing construction and rehabilitation projects. Work with local landlords and tenants groups to ensure that housing is maintained and services are provided.
  • R6 Community Rezoning Forum - Our first in a series of rezoning events will occur on April 26th 2018 within the district areas currently zoned as R6. This community rezoning event will take place at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 2806 Newkirk Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, between Newkirk Avenue and E 28th Street.
  • Joint Housing and Land Use Town Hall - SAVE-THE-DATE: Community Board 17's Joint Housing and Land Use Town Hall,  April 12th, 2018. 
  • DOF Day of Action - Join the New York City Department of Finance for their Day of Action on January 16th, as they work to ensure ALL eligible seniors and individuals with disabilities reduce their property taxes.
  • Housing Preservation Forum - Join Community Board 17's Housing Committee and Partners to learn everything that you need to know to: Keep, Rent, Maintain and/or Protect Your Home.
  • Handy Home Maintenance Tips - Check out this great resource for homeowners published annually by The New York Times.
  • Housing Press Conference - Press conference included Camara Jackson, CEO of Elite Learners, Inc standing with, Hazel Martinez, East 40th Street Block Association, Tonya Ores, Executive Director of NHS, Councilman Jumaane D. Williams and the community residents concerned and about new developments in East Flatbush!!
  • Easily Get Rid Of Your Electronics - A new pilot program provides curbside collection of electronics for Staten Island and North Brooklyn (our district), by appointment.
  • DOB Homeowners Info Night - Homeowners, The Department of Buildings hosts a weekly information session just for you!
  • Free Smoke Alarm - The American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign helps save lives by installing free smoke alarms in homes that don't have them, and by educating people about home fire safety.