Bridge Street is at the Forefront of Preventing Tenant Displacement

Protests against gentrification, displacement, and illegal evictions—such as this one organized by the Crown Heights Tenant Union—are becoming more common in central Brooklyn.

Protests against gentrification, displacement, and illegal evictions—such as this one organized by the Crown Heights Tenant Union—are becoming more common in central Brooklyn.

For the past several years, central Brooklyn has been undergoing seismic shifts in resident demographics and unparalleled increases in housing costs (both rental and ownership). This tight housing market and the opportunity for profit it presents to landlords has led to increased tenant displacement due to harassment, lack of services, buyouts, illegal evictions, etc.

With funding from the Brooklyn Community Foundation’s Tenant Protection Fund, over the past year Bridge Street has worked with a number of partners to assist renters at risk of being displaced from their homes.

Bridge Street provides assistance in organizing and running tenant associations through which residents can confront management with a single, unified voice to demand repairs and an end to harassment. If the associations are not able to come to terms with management on their own, we refer them to one of several partners that provide free legal representation in housing court. If you or (someone you know) is dealing with harassment, disrepair, eviction proceedings, or other attempts to remove you from your apartment, please call Bridge Street at (718) 399-0146 to learn more about how we can help.