Access Justice Brooklyn and City Council Member Mercedes Narcisse Host Homeowner Help Workshop

On Wednesday, June 7, 2023, Access Justice Brooklyn, and City Council Member Mercedes Narcisse hosted a Homeowner Help Workshop in partnership with NHS Brooklyn. The event was held at Councilwoman Narcisse’s District Office located at 5827 Flatlands Avenue, Brooklyn and helped homeowners address foreclosure and building violation concerns.

Access Justice Brooklyn Supervising Attorney, Peter S. White II, spearheaded the event. Peter shared the following:

“Many of our clients live in Eastern Brooklyn and are unable to commute downtown to obtain assistance due to work and accessibility limitations. This event marked an occasion in which we collectively saw a need in the community to provide essential housing and legal services to homeowners where they live.”

Despite the air quality advisory in New York City that day, Access Justice Brooklyn, and our partners were able to assist nearly 20 homeowners with late-stage foreclosure and Department of Building violations and complaints.

Thank you to Councilwoman Narcisse for hosting Access Justice Brooklyn at her district office allowing us to meet with homeowners in their community to provide free legal assistance and education where they live.

Access Justice Brooklyn’s Homeowner Assistance program also provides weekly foreclosure intervention and prevention services at the Kings County Supreme Court to support Brooklyn homeowners through the Foreclosure Legal Assistance Group program held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and the Friend of the Court program held on Thursdays. We also provide representation in the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) cases brought by the New York City Department of Buildings, helping individuals resolve or reduce the debt burden from violations.  To learn more about the services we provide through our Homeowners Assistance program, click here.

Access Justice Brooklyn Partners with AXA XL on Annual Global Day of Giving

We are thrilled to partner once again with volunteers at AXA XL in celebration of their Annual Global Day of Giving. The AXA XL Global Day of Giving allows AXA XL staff the opportunity to donate their time and skills to organizations in the communities they work and live in.

On June 7, 2023, Access Justice Brooklyn hosted an in-person clinic for eight AXA XL volunteers and two interns who generously donated their time in support of our Family Stabilization services. Under the mentorship of staff, volunteers assisted five of our clients to prepare and file their initial divorce papers with the Kings County Clerk.

Thank you to Rachel Alt-Simmons, Head of Global Claims Innovation & Optimization, Claims Strategy & Transformation, Jason Atkinson, Senior Claim Specialist, Design Professional, Liesel Carvajal, General Counsel US Insurance, Kimberly Landgrover, Legal Counsel, Matthew Murabito, General Counsel, Investments, David Ralls, Associate General Counsel, Thomas Vargo, Claims Manager – Aerospace, North America,  and Lian Phua, Head of Americas, Political Risk, Credit and Bond, Jean-Gabriel Pierre, Head of Global Investment Strategy, for their participation last week.

A special thank you to event organizer Dana Rosenbaum, Senior Legal Counsel, Investments and Pro Bono Committee Chair!

For more information about pro bono partnership opportunities with Access Justice Brooklyn, please contact Anne O’Grady, Pro Bono Director.

For a list of our current Pro Bono Partners, click here.