As part of a "Know the Facts, Don't Lose Your Home" campaign, a coalition of community assistance groups will be meeting with homeowners tonight (Tuesday, April 21) at Boys and Girls High School.
At issue are the tax and water liens that are affecting thousands of cash-strapped homeowners throughout the city, including large numbers in Bedford-Stuyvesant, according to the neighborhood's Councilman, Al Vann.
The city tax liens are acquired by collectors, who then go after the delinquent homeowners, who risk losing their properties.
In a press release, Vann says he is working along with the Coalition for the Improvement of Bedford Stuyvesant to put on the evening event, which will last from 5 to 8 p.m.
Participants are calling this a "Tax Lien Help Night."
On hand, according to the release, will be representatives from the Department of Finance, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), and the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD).
Organizations such as NEDAP (the Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project) will also be present to offer counsel, the release says.
Councilman Vann's out-front position on this issue comes as more than a half dozen challengers are testing the political waters, hoping to beat Vann in elections later this year.
Vann would have been prohibited from going for a third-term, but he and other city officials (including most notably Mayor Michael Bloomberg) pushed to overturn the two-term limit that had been put in place by voters.
Vann, Bloomberg and others succeeded in changing the two terms to three terms.
Even so, many energized would-be elected officials decided to go after Vann anyway.
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