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.

On December 31, 2016, NHSBS separated from NHSNYC and became an independent not-for-profit, HUD Certified, 501 ( c) (3) organization, doing business as Brooklyn Neighborhood Services.

Our Mission

Brooklyn Neighborhood Services revitalizes underserved neighborhoods by creating and preserving affordable housing opportunities, financial empowerment and community leadership; 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
  • James C. Durrah, Treasurer
  • Besse Edwards
  • Sundra Franklin
  • Jayesh Gajjar
  • Tory Netto
  • Owens Ridges
  • Judge Betty Staton
  • Cheryl Wright

Our Staff

Richard M. Trouth
Executive Director
Kevin D. Washington
Prog. Mgr/Housing Counselor
Courtney E. Corbin
Housing Counselor
Hector Ramos

Hector Ramos

Financial Literacy Counselor

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Andrea B. Green

Community Outreach Coordinator

Our Partners

On behalf of the Board of Directors and Staff, we would like to extend our appreciation to our Business and Government partners, who without them we could not continue to do the work that we do, across so many communities. If you would like to support the work that we do, please click here.


Our Government Partners

Our Business Partners

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