About Us

Brooklyn Neighborhood Services (BNS) is a non-profit organization committed to empowering the Brooklyn community through education and counseling toward financial stability and successful long-term home ownership. By providing thoughtful guidance in home ownership, foreclosure intervention, home maintenance, rental housing, and financial literacy for youth and adults, BNS helps to equip our neighbors for a promising and more resilient future. For 25 years, we have worked to increase our impact in the community and in the marketplace while staying true to our mission to provide resources to stabilize neighborhoods.

BNS is a a HUD-certified organization offering programs and services throughout the borough of Brooklyn.

We encourage you to learn about our vision, take a look at our program and service offerings, and call to register for one of our upcoming trainings.

Our History

In 1989, Neighborhood Housing Services of NYC and the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) conducted a feasibility study, and an NHS office was approved for the Bedford-Stuyvesant community in the spring of 1990.  In December 1991, a five year $100,000 challenge grant was made by Roosevelt Savings Bank and was met by Independence Savings Bank, Emigrant Savings Bank, Rhodebeck Charitable Trust, The Dime Savings Bank of New York and Carver Federal Savings Bank.  In 1996, M & T Bank, Fleet Bank, NA and Astoria Federal Savings Bank joined the multi-year funders.  In April 1992, Neighborhood Housing Services of Bedford-Stuyvesant (NHSBS) began its work in the community. In June 1992 a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house was held at the location at 1012 Gates Avenue, in Bedford-Stuyvesant Brooklyn.

Effective January 1, 2017, NHSBS will transition from a network organization of Neighborhood Housing Services of New York City (NHSNYC) to an entirely independent, not-for-profit, 501 (c) (3) organization, with the name change to Neighborhood Housing Services of Brooklyn, Bedford-Stuyvesant, CDC, Inc. (dba Brooklyn Neighborhood Services – BNS).

Our Mission

Brooklyn Neighborhood Services is a community-based, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, that works to encourage and promote neighborhood stabilization by creating, preserving, and promoting affordable housing and financial empowerment, while improving the quality of community life for Brooklyn residents. Working in partnership with government and business, we are led by local residents and guided by local needs.

Our Values

  • Integrity and Fairness
  • Embracing and Respecting Diversity
  • Open, Honest Communications
  • Responsive, Respectful Customer Service
  • Resident Leadership
  • Empowerment Through Education

Our Board of Directors

Tory Neto, Jayesh Gajjar, James Durrah, Jeffrey Charles-Pierre, Cheryl Wright, Rev. Gwen Dingle presiding), Paul Hawthorne, Bishop Nelson, Martha Works, Sundra Franklin
  • Jeffrey Charles-Pierre, President
  • Paul G. Hawthorne, ESQ., Vice President
  • Cheryl Wright, Secretary
  • James C. Durrah, Treasurer
  • Reginald D. Shell, Founding Member
  • Brena Bracy-Seals
  • Sundra Franklin
  • Tory Netto
  • Jayesh Gajjar

Our Staff

Richard M. Trouth
Executive Director
Kevin D. Washington
Program Manager
Housing Counselor, Home Purchase
Courtney E. Corbin
Housing Counselor, Foreclosure Intervention
Gerard D. Miller, Jr.
Housing Counselor, Financial Literacy & Resiliency
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Andrea B. Green

Community Outreach Coordinator

Our Partners

Brooklyn Neighborhood Services would like to extend our gratitude to our supporters and partners,without whom we could not do this critical work.

If you would like to support the work of BNS, as either a corporate or an individual donor, please click here.

Our Government Partners

Our Bank Partners

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Our Community Partners