Housing Ambassadors

HPD partners with community-based service providers in New York City who help people prepare and apply for affordable housing. The tables below provide information about the Housing Ambassadors and Housing Ambassadors for People with Disabilities. We partner with these Housing Ambassadors to help provide up-to-date, consistent information and assistance about the application process to communities, and we encourage people to contact them for guidance.

Ready to Rent

Ready to Rent is an exciting collaboration between participating Housing Ambassadors and financial services provider, Ariva, through June 2017, to reach more New Yorkers about New York City's affordable housing opportunities and to assist in applying and preparing for the lotteries. Learn more

Housing Ambassadors


University Neighborhood Housing Program
Northwest Bronx Resources Center
2715 Bainbridge Avenue, Bronx, NY 10458
(718) 933-2539

Multiple services provided by collaborative of non-profits. Languages: English, Spanish. Call for appointments. No walk-ins, please.

We Stay/Nos Quedamos
754 Melrose Avenue, Bronx, NY 10451
Hours: 9am-5pm, M-F
(718) 585-2323 (ask for Ana Melendez)

Social service and community organizing. Languages: English, Spanish.


The Actors Fund 
160 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
(212) 221-7303

The Actors Fund serves anyone in the performing arts and entertainment communities. Call for information on seminars and appointments.

Bangladeshi American Community Development and Youth Services (BACDYS) 
181 Forbell Street, Brooklyn, NY 11208
Hours: 10am-5pm, M-F
(718) 235-1700

Nonprofit organization in City Line, Brooklyn, that focuses on improving the lives of immigrants and low-income residents. Languages: Bangla/Bengali, English.

BMS Family Health and Wellness Centers
592 Rockaway Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11212
Hours: 9am-5pm, M,W,Th,F

650 Ashford Street, Brooklyn, NY 11207
Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm, M, T

(718) 345-5000 x2206 (ask for Francine Cutler or Tatiana Desanges)
bmsfhc@gmail.com or fcutler@bmsfhc.org

Community health and social services provider in Brownsville. Languages: English, Haitian Creole, Spanish. Please call ahead for appointments.  

Brownsville Partnership / Community Solutions
519 Rockaway Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11221
Hours: 8am-8pm, M-F; 9am-6pm, S
(929) 252-9286 (ask for Taurean Lewis)

A partnership coordinating Brownsville residents and organizations from many sectors in improving the health, safety, and economic prosperity of the neighborhood. Languages: English, Spanish.

Churches United for Fair Housing (CUFFH) 
View map or website for locations in north, east, and downtown Brooklyn.
(718) 360-2906

Grassroots organization that works towards community empowerment, with multiple Brooklyn locations. Languages: English, Spanish. Call for appointments.

Family Services Network of NY

1420 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11207
Hours: 9am-5pm, M-F
(347) 770-9911 x6319 or x6320; or (347) 489-2895

Community-based organization providing comprehensive health and human services in NYC. Languages: English, Haitian Creole, Spanish.

Fifth Avenue Committee (FAC)
FAC Center 621 Degraw St., Brooklyn, NY 11217
Hours: 9am-5pm, M-F
(718) 237-2017

Community development organization and service provider in South Brooklyn. Languages: English, Spanish. Call for event info.

Flatbush Development Corporation (FDC)
1616 Newkirk Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11226
Hours: 9am-5pm, M-F and evenings/weekends as needed
(718) 859-3800 x210 (ask for Venisse Charles)

Flatbush organization supporting local economic development, housing, youth, immigration and other initiatives that promote enhanced quality of life, safety, and preservation of the community. Languages: English, Haitian Creole, Spanish, Polish.

IMPACCT Brooklyn
1224 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, 11216
Hours: 9am-5pm, M-F
(718) 522-2613

Community development corporation serving Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Bed Stuy, Crown Heights, and Prospect Heights.

Local Development Corporation of East New York (LDCENY) 
80 Jamaica Avenue, 3rd floor, Brooklyn, NY, 11207
Hours: 10am-5pm, M-F
(718) 385-6700 x17 (ask for Joel Oporta)

Community organization focused on improving the lives and economic opportunities of women, minorities, and local residents. Languages: English, Haitian Creole, Spanish.

Los Sures (Southside United HDFC) 
434 South 5th St., Brooklyn, N.Y. 11211
Hours: 9am-5pm, M-F
(718) 387-3600

Community-based non-profit organization in the South Side of Williamsburg. Languages: English, Spanish. Call for appointments.

Mutual Housing Association of New York (MHANY) 
One Metro Tech Center North, Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 246-8080 x239

Affordable housing developer and service providing organization in Downtown Brooklyn. Languages: English, Spanish. Call for walk-in hours and event info.

Neighborhood Housing Services of Brooklyn CDC, Inc. 
2806 Church Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11226
9201 Avenue L, Brooklyn, NY 11236
(718) 469-4679

Neighborhood housing and community development organization in Brooklyn. Languages: English, Spanish.


116th Street Block Association, Inc. 
55 East 115th Street, New York, NY 10029
Hours: 9am-5pm, M-F
(212) 860-4100

Neighborhood organization providing a variety of community services, including housing. Languages: English, Spanish.

The Actors Fund 
729 Seventh Avenue, 10th Floor New York, NY 10019
(212) 221-7303

The Actors Fund serves anyone in the performing arts and entertainment communities. Call for info on seminars and appointments.

Community League of the Heights (CLOTH) 
500 West 159th Street, New York, NY 10032
(212) 795-4779

Community development organization and service provider in Washington Heights. Call for hours and event info.

East Harlem Council for Community Improvement (EHCCI) / Hellgate Management Corp.
413 East 120th Street, New York, NY 10035
Hours: 9am-2pm, M-F
(212) 410-7707 x5269 (ask for Efrain Rivera)

East Harlem housing developer and community assistance provider. Languages: English, Spanish.

Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES) 
171 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009
Hours: 10am-6pm, M-F
(212) 533-2541

Neighborhood housing and preservation organization in the Lower East Side. Appointments required. Call for event and appointment info.

Hope Community, Inc. 
174 East 104th Street, New York, NY 10029
Hours: 9am-5pm, M-F
(212) 860-8821 (ask for Shawndell Powell)

Community-based nonprofit affordable housing organization, enriching the lives of the people who live and work in East Harlem and surrounding neighborhoods. Languages: English, Spanish. Call or email for appointments.


Chhaya CDC
37-43 77th Street, 2nd Floor, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
(718) 478-3848 

Community organization, advocate, and service provider with focus on New Yorkers of South Asian origin. Languages: Arabic, English, Spanish. Call for info on workshops and appointments.

27-40 Hoyt Avenue, Astoria, NY 11102
Hours: 9am-5pm, M-F
(718) 396-5023 (ask for Keron Rivera or Paola Duran)

Organization for all social services needs. Languages: English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Greek, Spanish.

Legal Hand Jamaica
149-13 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, NY 11432
Hours: M: 2pm-8pm; Tu/W/Th: 10am-5pm; F: 10am-2pm; Sa  10am-1pm
(646) 741-6411 (ask for Tiffany Butters or Jennie Kim)

Trained community volunteers provide free legal information, assistance and referrals on a variety of issues. Languages: Arabic, English, Mandarin, Spanish.

Margert Community Corp.
325 Beach 37th Street, Far Rockaway, NY 11691
Hours: 9am-5pm, M-Th
(718) 471-3724 

Community-based housing nonprofit providing a variety of services and education to low- and moderate-income tenants and homeowners, the elderly, and people with disabilities. Languages: English, Spanish.

Neighborhood Housing Services of Jamaica, Inc. 
89-70 162nd Street, Jamaica, NY 11432
Hours: 9am-5pm, M-F; evenings and weekends by appointment.
(718) 291-7400 

Neighborhood housing organization based in Jamaica, Queens. Languages: English, Spanish.

Neighborhood Housing Services of Queens CDC, Inc. 
60-20 Woodside Ave, 2nd Floor, Flushing, NY 11377
(718) 457-1017

Neighborhood housing and community development organization in Queens. Call for hours and event info.

Ocean Bay CDC Service Coordinators
443 Beach 54th Street, Averne, NY 11692
Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm, M-F; Summer months: 8:30am-6:30pm, closed Fridays
(718) 945-8640 x217, 216, or 215

Community development organization in the Rockaways, Queens, offering a variety of social services and training. Appointments preferred. Walk-ins okay if necessary.

Office of Council Member Donovan Richards
1931 Mott Avenue, Far Rockaway, NY 11691
Hours: 9am-5pm M-F
(718) 471-7014 (ask for Mitch Noel)

Languages: English, French, Haitian Creole.

Urban Upbound
10-38 41st Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101
Hours: M, T, W, F 9:00am-5:00pm, Th 9:00am-7:00pm
(718) 571-9151 (ask for Dulce Medina)

New York City service provider with a variety of programs to help residents achieve economic prosperity and self-sufficiency, including financial education and counseling, employment services, tax preparation, federal credit union, youth development and college access, SNAP benefits. Languages: English, Spanish. 

Housing Ambassadors for People with Disabilities

HPD is developing relationships with organizations that serve people with disabilities. The purpose of the ambassador program for people with disabilities is to close existing gaps in service to applicants for affordable housing, and to forge supportive relationships between HPD and the disability advocacy community. Having a dedicated group listed as ‘Housing Ambassadors for People with Disabilities’ should not limit people with disabilities to work with any other ambassador organization on this page. However, our ambassadors for people with disabilities will only be serving people with disabilities. We are happy to be partnering with the following organizations, and look forward to growing the program.

Adapt Community Network (formerly United Cerebral Palsy of NYC)
80 Maiden Lane, New York, NY 10038
Families and individuals (all boroughs): (212) 683-6700 x1101 or x1154 or x1940

Non-profit agency providing Housing Assistance for families and individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Individuals must be currently receiving services from Office for People With Developmental Disabilites (OPWDD). Languages: English, Spanish.

Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State
330 West 34th Street, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10001
Hours: 2pm-5:30pm M-F
(212) 947-5770 x216 (ask for Shirley Binns)

Broad-based, multi-service organization working with the State of New York to enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities and their families. Languages: English, Haitian Creole, Mandarin, Spanish.

Initiative for Women with Disabilities
Elly & Steve Hammerman Health & Wellness Center
NYU Langone Medical Center
359 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10010
(212) 598-6429

A health and wellness center that provides primarily health and wellness services for women with physical disabilities. Individuals must have a physical disability to receive services. Languages: over the phone interpretation services are available upon request.

Wheeling Forward/The Axis Project
1325 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10029
Hours: 1:30-5:30pm M-Sa
(646) 450-0077 (ask for Sharifa Abu-Hamda)

Organization that helps recently disabled people who lack a support system and resources to obtain the services they need. Languages: Arabic, English, Russian, Spanish.

If your organization is interested in learning more or joining the Housing Ambassador program, email ambassadors@hpd.nyc.gov.