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What's Going On: July 2016

What's Going On: July 2016

This July is America’s birthday and it’s time to celebrate our history and traditions. At NYMC, we think the best way to celebrate is working to continue expanding the opportunities for many working families and individuals to make their homeownership dream a reality. We are pleased to share with you a variety of homebuyer workshops and events hosted by our members this month to help you understand the homebuying process. Fete our nation’s independence with us and enjoy the multiple benefits of homebuyer education.

Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE)

AAFE will hold a first-time homebuyer orientation workshop every Wednesday from 3:00pm-5:00pm, at both their Manhattan and Queens office locations. Walk-ins are accepted, so no prior appointment is necessary! Stop by and learn about the home buying process. Contact Eddie Wong via email ( or phone (212-964-2288 ext. 2132) for more information.

Community Development Corporation of Long Island (CDCLI)

CDC Long Island will be holding two First Time Home Buyer Orientation Sessions this month. At these free sessions, potential homebuyers will have the valuable opportunity to learn more about CDCLI’s programs and to schedule a one-on-one meeting with a certified Housing Educator. The first orientation event will be held on Tuesday, July 12th at Nassau Center, 333 North Main Street Freeport, NY 11520. The next orientation session will take place on Wednesday, July 13th at Suffolk Center, 2100 Middle Country Road Centereach, NY 11720. Both orientations run from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.
For further questions, contact the Nassau office at (516) 867-7727 or the Suffolk office at (631) 471-1215. Register for either session at
CDCLI will also hold a four session Financial Fitness Health and Wealth coaching program at its Suffolk location this month, across July 12th, 14th, 19th, and 21st. The program, which costs $25 per person, aims to help each individual plan their financial future and begin taking the steps necessary to achieve their goals. After the program, participants are eligible to sign up for further one-on-one counseling through the CDCLI. Sign up is available online:

Chhaya CDC

This month Chhaya will continue offering free legal consultations from non-profit attorneys at its monthly General Legal Clinic, this event will take place on Wednesday, July 13th from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.
Chhaya will also be hosting a free Citizenship Application Assistance workshop on Sunday, July 17th from 1:00pm to 5:30pm, to help individuals check their eligibility for U.S. citizenship and complete the citizenship application.
Renters can find help through Chhaya as well. A Renter’s Rights and Benefits Workshop will be held on Tuesday, July 19th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. The workshop will cover information on rent increases, eviction protection, repairs and conditions, and a step-by-step tutorial of affordable housing applications.
Attention entrepreneurs! If you are thinking about starting your business, join Chhaya for a legal workshop which will help you understand the different legal structures and take the first step in choosing the right entity for your business. The workshop will be carried out on Tuesday, July 26th, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.
All of these events will be held at Chhaya’s offices located at 37-43 77th Street, 2nd Floor, Jackson Heights, NY 11372. For more information about the Legal Clinic and Legal Workshop for entrepreneurs, contact William Spisak at 718-478-3848. To schedule an appointment or to ask for more information regarding the Citizenship Application Assistance and Renter’s Rights and Benefits workshops, please contact Rasel Rahman at 718-478-3848 ext. 23 or email him at

Housing Action Council

This month Housing Action Council will be holding a workshop on The Financial Aspects of Home Ownership. HAC’s experts will walk through the financial considerations potential homeowners must make before they even begin the process of looking for a home. This workshop is the first in a three-part series which runs monthly. Attending each of the three different workshops is necessary for enrollment in HAC’s First Home Club. The workshops can be attended in any order, but of course it makes the most sense to start with Workshop #1 which covers the beginning steps of the homebuying process.
The workshop will be held on Wednesday, July 20th at 55 South Broadway, 2nd Floor Tarrytown, NY 10591, from 6:30pm to 9:00pm. Enrollment is limited, so register ahead of time! For further information or registration, call 914-332-4144 or email

Long Island Housing Partnership

LIHP offers one-on-one first-time homebuyer counseling every weekday this month. Appointments are available Monday to Friday, at 10am, 1pm and 3pm, and generally take between one to two hours. Default and foreclosure prevention counseling is also provided by LIHP with appointments available Monday to Friday at 10am, 12pm and 3pm. These counseling programs are available in both English and Spanish, as well as in more than 150 other languages upon request. (These appointments may require more time to schedule). If you would like to schedule an appointment, please call the Long Island Housing Partnership at 631-435-4710.

IMPACCT Brooklyn

IMPACCT Brooklyn will hold its monthly Legal Clinic on Wednesday July 6th, providing the opportunity to speak with a lawyer regarding upcoming or potential housing court cases. Anyone who can’t make the scheduled events can still walk in at any time between 10:00am-3:00pm each Wednesday and Friday of the month for general tenant counseling. No appointment is necessary! All of these events will be held at 1124 Fulton Street, between Classon and Franklin Avenues.
Events will also be held at the Community Room at 226 Lefferts Place at the corner of Franklin Avenue in Bed Stuy. On Thursday July 21th, IMPACCT’s monthly Tenant’s Rights Workshop and Legal Clinic will provide renters another opportunity to meet with lawyers and receive free legal counsel. An appointment is necessary to meet one-on-one with a lawyer.
All IMPACCT events require a prior appointment, barring the exception of the Wednesday and Friday walk-in hours. For location, appointments, or further information, call 718-522-2613 ext. 032 or visit the website at
In addition, the Rolling Up The Gates (RUG) entrepreneur program is available this month, including education in topics such as: Bookkeeping and cash flow, access to capital, business credit building, and Marketing. Sessions will be held on July 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th respectively from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at IMPACCT’s office at 1000 Dean St, Suite 420, Brooklyn NY, 11238, between Franklin and Classon Ave. To register for this specific program or to find more information, call 718-522-2613 ext. 111 or visit the website

Neighbors Helping Neighbors (NHN)

Neighbors Helping Neighbors will be holding a two-session homebuyer seminar across two Saturdays this month: July 9th and 16th. The seminar will cover a range of important topics for first-time homebuyers, including tips on when to buy and how to save up. One-on-one counseling appointments can be scheduled after the seminar to help out with the next steps on the path to purchasing a home. Each session will run from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm at the NHN offices, located at 621 DeGraw Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217.
The two-session seminar costs $40, and must be signed up for in advance. A sign-up form is available on, which must be printed out and mailed or brought to the office in person at least a week in advance of the first session. For further questions, NHN can be contacted at 718-237-2017.