Equality for Flatbush, defines ‘gentrification’ as the concerted, deliberate effort to price out low-to-middle income residents from neighborhoods by city government, corporations, real estate developers, and landlords in favor of renting, selling, and catering to people of higher and/or more flexible incomes
We see gentrification as an intersectional issue that is deeply connected to the ways that race, class, gender, sexuality, gender identity, age, ability, nation of origin, immigration status, physical and mental capacity, etc. impact individuals and our communities.
We also see a distinct difference between the historic voluntary migration of working and middle class families from cities to the suburbs as opposed to the current situation where existing communities are being involuntarily priced out, bought out and forcibly removed from their neighborhoods by corporate developers and landlords.
We know from first-hand experience that the same unscrupulous property owners who use tactics to force long-time older tenants of color out of their rent-stabilized apartments will turn around and illegally overcharge incoming younger white tenants for the same apartment.
For this very reason, we believe that all of us-long-time and new residents, communities of color and white communities, low-income and middle-class people – have a stake in the urgent struggle to save affordable housing in Brooklyn.
Brooklyn Anti-gentrification Network (BAN)
The Brooklyn Anti-Gentrification Network (BAN) is a people of color-led, mass-based coalition of tenants, homeowners, block associations, anti-police brutality groups, legal and grassroots organizations working together to end the rampant gentrification and displacement of low to middle income residents of Brooklyn, New York. BAN was initiated by Equality for Flatbush in 2015.
If you are a NYC resident who wants to be connected to city-wide anti-gentrification movement, Please join The Brooklyn Anti-gentrification Network – BAN Community List : email@example.com
CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text (646)820-6039
In 2016, a federal jury found Emigrant Bank guilty of predatory and discriminatory lending practices towards homeowners of color. Ms. Stennett must come up with 4 MILLION dollars by March 1st 2022, or Emigrant Bank will begin the process of auctioning off her property . This is yet another example of decades of predatory targeting of Black and Brown women homeowners by both the banking and real estate industries in the US. Ms. Stennett’s struggle also demonstrates how gentrification destroys the Black wealth and culture in Brooklyn.
News & Updates
Article published Jan. 13, 2022 in BK Reader https://bkreader.com/2022/01/13/flatbush-homeowner-gets-support-in-her-fight-against-allegedly-predatory-emigrant-bank/read more
EMIGRANT BANK FROM FORECLOSING ON FLATBUSH COMMUNITY LEADER, VICTORIA STENNETT’S HOME!Saturday Jan. 29, 2022. 2pm at 109 Amersfort PlaceTo Sign the Petition : https://bit.ly/StopEmigrantBankTo Endorse the Campaign : https://bit.ly/STOPEmigrantBankEndorsersFor More...read more
What’s Going On
View and download the fact sheet here
Since 2008, Victoria Stennett, Flatbush real estate broker and community leader, has been in a legal battle with Emigrant Bank to stop the foreclosure and sale of her property at 109 Amersfort Place. Due to accessibility of the house, 109 Amersfort Place has always been Ms. Stennett’s “dream home” that would allow her and aging mother to live out their retirements in comfort and peace.
Unfortunately, after a devastating fire, Emigrant Bank illegally pocketed $193K of insurance money owed to Ms. Stennett. Emigrant Bank also demanded that Ms.Stennett give them two other properties worth over a million dollars which exceed the mortgage amount of 109 Amersfort Place . Due to the years of stress fighting Emigrant Bank, Ms. Stennett was forced to have emergency heart surgery in 2015. In 2016, a federal jury found Emigrant Bank guilty of predatory and discriminatory lending practices towards homeowners of color. Ms. Stennett and her supporters have called for a national boycott of Emigrant Bank and held several rallies in front of their office in Midtown Manhattan.
Victoria Stennett has been a community leader in the Flatbush’s Caribbean community for over 25 years. Committed to social justice , Ms. Stennett is one of the few real estate brokers in Flatbush who advocates and secures apartments for tenants with Section 8 and NYC housing vouchers. She also hosts multiple annual events that feed, provide toys, coats and clothing, as well as medical and emotional health and wellness services to Flatbush residents.
Sign the Petition: https://bit.ly/StopEmigrantBank
Endorse the Campaign: https://bit.ly/STOPEmigrantBankEndorsers
Emergency Rally and March on Jan. 29: https://bit.ly/STOPEmigrantBankEndorsers
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1214 Dean Street
Local business owners Loretta Gendville and Gennaro Brooks-Church are illegally and unlawfully forcing eviction on largely Black/POC and LGBTQ residents of a Crown Heights building at 1214 Dean Street. DURING A PANDEMIC.
What’s Going On
1.They are illegally renting out rooms in a multi-family dwelling.
2. They have not provided required formal eviction paperwork from Brooklyn Housing Court to any tenant.
3. Loretta has illegally taken tenant’s property out of their homes against their will.
4. They have turned off WIFI until tenants giver their move out date during a time when work has to happen from home.
#BoycottAreaKids (Fort Greene/Carroll Gardens)
#BoycottAreaYogaSpa (Carroll Gardens/Park Slope/Downtown BK)
Boycott their businesses and CALL, EMAIL, or TWEET to let them know that we will not tolerate treating community members like this!
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Gennaro Brooks-Church being forced out after attempting to stage an illegal eviction
BEFORE IT’S GONE
Before it ‘s Gone/ Take It Back (B4G) is E4F’s Brooklyn-wide anti-gentrification / anti-displacement campaign
A VICTORY FOR THE COMMUNITY!
Brooklyn Abolitionist Home Gains Historic Landmark Status After Decades-Long Battle, Groundswell of Community Endorsements
After years of struggle led by Brooklyn grassroots organizers and activists, on Tuesday Mayor Bill di Blasio will announce that the Landmarks and Preservation Commission of New York City plans to confer historic landmark status on the “Truesdell House” at 227 Duffield Street in Downtown Brooklyn.
The house at 227 Duffield St – which has been renamed 227 Abolitionist Place – was home to Harriet and Thomas Lee Truesdell in the 1850s. The Truesdells were radical anti-slavery activists and hosted other prominent abolitionists in their home. Historians believe that the building is a hotbed of potential research about the Underground Railroad, as many families on and around Abolitionist Place were active in helping to liberate enslaved people.
Friends of Abolitionist Place hopes to turn the building into the Heritage Center at 227 Abolitionist Place, which would teach visitors about the complex history of abolitionist movements in Brooklyn through interactive learning experiences and artist residencies.
Read more on the press release here.
Real Estate Watch (REW)
Real Estate Watch (REW) works to hold predatory landlords and developers accountable by providing empirical information and tools to empower Brooklyn residents and small businesses. Real Estate Watch (REW) is the investigative research project of Equality for Flatbush.
CURRENT REW CAMPAIGNS
Lefferts Capital LLC
Equality for Flatbush releases Lefferts Capital LLC Real Estate Watch Fact Sheet
Predator Developer #OzoneDevelopment, LLC
Equality for Flatbush’s Real Estate Watch creates Map of Properties Bought up by Predator Developer #OzoneDevelopment, LLC https://beforeitsgone.co/stories/Gvdr74
Predatory developer Rafael (Rafi) Manor
Since 2017, Equality for Flatbush has been fighting with several Black homeowners who have sustained thousands of dollars of damages because of predatory developers who “house flip”. These predatory develops purchase property next to a long-time Black homeowner, damage the homeowner’s property which leads to lengthy and costly court battles. Several homeowners have reported that they believe the developer had purposely damaged their property in order to get them to sell their homes. Real Estate Watch, Equality for Flatbush’s investigative research team, has released a fact sheet on Rafael Manor who has been identified as one of these predatory developers. Enjoy.
Predatory Lender Selene Finance
Selene Finance has been identified to us by homeowners in our community as a key target due to their predatory practices. Real Estate Watch, Equality for Flatbush’s investigative research team, has released a fact sheet to document the key players profiting off Selene Fianance and their fraudulent practices.
A campaign against the corporate re-branding of Flatbush, East Flatbush and Crown Heights
VIDEO Documentary short taking aim at the corporate rebranding of Flatbush through a compilation of interviews with longtime residents, transplants, activists and a professor of urban planning.
In This is Flatbush, the people of the central Brooklyn neighborhood of talk about parts of the neighborhood they’ve long known as Flatbush and the very recent appearance of “Prospect Lefferts Gardens” and “Ditmas Park” on maps. Residents also discuss their fears of losing their homes due to skyrocketing rents as well as how gentrification threatens to destroy the very identity of this largely low-to-middle income migrant community of color.
If you are a BROOKLYN residential or commercial TENANT or HOMEOWNER experiencing harassment or need housing, legal or organizing resources please contact us at:
In English: B4G@equalityforflatbush.org or (646)820-6039
En Español: EnEspanol@equalityforflatbush.org or (732)641-3923
En Kréyol: EnKreyol@equalityforflatbush.org or (929)244-0885
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