Brooklyn Neighborhood Services

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.

Since 1992, 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 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 Values

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

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 Board of Directors


President - James C. Durrah
Vice-President - Paul G. Hawthorne, ESQ
Treasurer- Jayesh Gajjar
Secretary -The Honorable Judge Betty Staton


Sundra L. Franklin - Resident
Brena Bracy-Seals - Resident
Jeffrey Charles-Pierre, Resident
Bessie Edwards, Resident
Kirnon Joaquim, Resident
Imelba Rodriguez, At-Large

Our Team

Richard M. Trouth

Executive Director


Courtney E. Corbin

Housing Counselor


Hector Ramos

Housing & Financial Literacy Counselor


Andrea B. Green

Community Outreach and Special Projects Coordinator


Laryssa Green OTD, OTR/L

Social Media Consultant


Parvez Mushtaq

Accounting and H/R Manager