NYC CM Education Chair Rita Joseph Community Update – February 13, 2023

Community Update: February 13th Dear Neighbor— Happy Monday!
Last week, we met at my forever home, P.S. 6 to discuss many of the issues you’ve been having. I was joined by representatives from the Department of Buildings (DOB), the Department of Sanitation (DSNY), the Department of Transportation (DOT), the NYPD, and of course the Department of Education (DOE). We heard your concerns, and we are working to remedy them as quickly as possible.
I also got a chance to celebrate National Ballet Day 2023 with second and fifth graders at P.S. 249 and our friends at Brooklyn Ballet.
As in weeks past, we are still offering free immigration assistance thanks to our partnership with CUNY Citizenship Now on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please note, you MUST make an appointment first.
Additionally, our friends at CUFFH will continue to offer free housing assistance on Thursdays from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Lastly, we will be hosting “TPS Fridays” at Medgar Evers College each Friday starting February 17 until March 17.

REMINDER: The deadline to apply/register for TPS Haiti is on August 3, 2024. Learn more here.

Dat limit pou w aplike/anrejistre pou TPS Aysisyen w se 23 Out 2024. Pou plis detay, ale sou lyen sa a.

As always, my team and I would love to hear from you. We can be reached at 718-287-8762 for community concerns, and 212-788-7352 for legislative or budget concerns. Our office is also available for walk-ins or appointments at 930 Flatbush Avenue, Monday-Thursday. Feel free to reach out to us to share your thoughts on legislation, to inform us about an issue that needs to get fixed in the neighborhood, to help you navigate city agencies, or to invite me to a community event.
Thank you for reading. I hope to hear from you soon.
— Rita
Council Member Joseph with dancers from Brooklyn Ballet.
Council Member Joseph encourages you to apply for your Community Board. To apply to Community Boards click here.
From October 1 – May 31, building owners are required to provide heating and maintain minimum temperatures. If you’re a tenant without heat or hot water, contact your landlord. If they’re unresponsive, file a complaint by calling 311. If you’re a constituent, follow up with our office!
NHS Brooklyn is offering home repair grants to Brooklyn, NY, homeowners of 1-4 family homes, condos, and coops. Homeowners can receive up to $20,000 toward the cost of repairing their homes. Learn more here.
An Important Note from Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A

Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A (“Brooklyn A or BKA”) is a non-profit legal services provider that provides free services for tenants including eviction prevention, repairs, and tenant association organizing; for homeowners seeking help with foreclosure prevention, bankruptcy, and protection against scams, predatory lending, and deed theft; for taxpayers facing issues with the IRS and New York State; and small business owners and non-profits that need commercial lease assistance. If you or someone you know would like to learn more about the event or BKA’s services, please reach out to or call 718.487.2300.
An Important Note from the Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled

If you or someone you know has a disability, the Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled (BCID) can help you. BCID can give you advice on getting housing, Social Security/Disability insurance, or Medicaid. We can also connect you with people who have similar disabilities. 
BCID also works to make life better for people with disabilities. We advocate for accessible transportation, fair pay for home care workers, and more. All of BCID’s services and advocacy are free, and we serve people with any type of disability. 
For more information about how BCID can help you or how to get involved with our advocacy campaigns, call 718-998-3000 during business hours or write
The Brooklyn Bodega invites you to join their in-person events.
The New-York Historical Society offers free online citizenship classes for green card holders preparing for the naturalization interview. The online citizenship course prepares permanent residents for the civics test portion of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) naturalization interview. More info can be found here.
Pillars NYC is providing FREE training to become a certified home aide, teacher’s assistant, and more! Sign up here.
Mental Health Crisis Lifeline: 988988 is the new nationwide number for anyone in mental health crisis or concerned about a loved one. You can text or call 24/7 for resources and support. Read more about this service here.
An Important Note from SHARE Cancer Support:

Call SHARE Cancer Supoort’s breast, ovarian, uterine or metastatic breast cancer Helpline and speak with a survivor or caregiver who’s been there. We can answer your questions, talk with you about treatments, help you sort through your options and make informed decisions. We can connect you with a peer whose situation is similar to yours, or we can just listen.
Breast Cancer (toll-free in English and Spanish) 844-275-7427
Ovarian Cancer (toll-free) 866-537-4273
Uterine Cancer (toll-free) 844-582-6005
Espanol (Seno y Ovario) 212-719-4454
Caregivers (toll-free) 844-275-7427
An Important Note from The Community Service Society of New York:

The Community Service Society of New York (CSS) has worked with and for New Yorkers since 1843 to promote economic opportunity and champion an equitable city and state. CSS powers change through a strategic combination of research, services, and advocacy to make New York more livable for people facing economic insecurity. For more information on the CSS visit their website.
DSNY recruits temporary, per diem snow laborers. These workers are called on after heavy snowfalls to remove snow and ice Citywide from areas like bus stops, crosswalks and fire hydrants. Pay starts at $17.00 per hour and increases to $25.50 per hour after the first 40 hours worked in a week. To be eligible, applicants must be:At least 18 years old.Eligible to work in the United States.Able to perform heavy physical labor.Find more info here.
An Important Note from National GridQualifying customers with unpaid balances may have them forgiven through a bill credit for their electric and gas bills. Receive more information here.
HEAP applications are now open. You can find more information here.
Council Member Joseph encourages you to get both vaccinated and tested for COVID. You can find testing locations here and vaccination locations here.