PALANTE HARLEM INC

Rating: 4.97 stars   60 reviews 1,215

Issues: Education

Location: 470 West 126 Street New York NY 10027 USA

Mission: To reduce poverty and advocate for safe housing by organizing, educating and empowering residents. We are committed to supporting each other and to preserving our quality of life, our health, and our personal safety by assisting tenants when their rights have been violated and by holding unresponsive landlords and building managers accountable.
Target demographics: Housing
Direct beneficiaries per year: 1000+
Geographic areas served: New York City
Programs: Tenant Organizing, Leadership Development, Mediation and Legal Services
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 80-0209989
212 491 2541
www.palanteharlem.org
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2 people found this review helpful

When I first volunteered to be apart of PA'LANTE Harlem I was not aware of what I was getting myself into. It was a way for me to get off of the streets and focus on something more useful. I went from being in the streets in a negative way to a more positive way. Never in a million years did I imagine myself advocating for people living in terrible conditions. I made a great decision by sticking to PA'LANTE. PA'LANTE isn't just any organization: PA'LANTE Harlem is a family. Elsia Vasquez is one of the most hardworking women that I have been fortunate enough to meet and work with. She gives her volunteers an opportunity to emerge themselves into the organization by assigning roles.The faith she has in her people is incredible and gave me the incentive to not let her, the organization, or myself down. PA'LANTE not only has a great environment, but its purpose is blessing to those who stumble upon it.

The only reason that I am not there now is because I've gone away to college: however, when I get back to the city I will surely be paying PALANTE Harlem a visit!

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PA'LANTE is simply an awesome place! I have to admit that had PA'LANTE not helped me find a job when I relocated from Pittsburgh, I'd be homeless! This alone is huge for me, being a single mom with 3 kids, one with complex medical needs. This organization has my eternal gratitude for this action and the constant advise on a few other issues as well.

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As the Councilmember for the area, I was proud to work with Palante Harlem to protect tenants from being evicted and being taken advantage of by landlords. I allocated City funds to help them carry out their goal of education and advocacy within Northern Manhattan. Elsia Vasquez, the leader of Palante; no one works harder then Elsia. Palante Harlem is truly a grassroots community based organization that is there to help tenants. By helping Palante with a donation of cash or other things they may need (paper, computers, etc), you are helping to keep Northern Manhattan affordable for the people that live here now. Palante!
Robert Jackson, Former Councilmember, District 7, Chair of Education Committee &
Co-Chair of the Black, Latino and Asian Caucus.

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1 person found this review helpful

I am impressed by the commitment and dedication that Ms. Vasquez has for her community. When a person is able to do what they love and do it with passion the outcomes are amazing ! She and her staff have, in her small cozy space are making a true and valuable contributions to the improvement of many peoples lives, and that is priceless!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Grant her organization with capital funds so that she can expand her space and services in order to be able to serve even more more constituents .

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Founder Elsia Vasquez does such painstaking, tireless work to help the tenants of Harlem with their overwhelming apartment problems, and landlord abuse. She works very hard, as well as gives a lot of her free time. She is a powerhouse in petite frame. I help out whenever I can. But wow to her and the hard work of her dedicated staff......Huascar is great!!!

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April 15, 2014 will be a day my family and I will never forget. That horrific night where I woke up to huge flames and dark black smoke thinking that my family and I were not going to survive still brings chills and terrible flashbacks. Thankfully I was rescued and brought out by the firefighters and rushed to the emergency room for smoke inhalation not to mention the fact that I have bad asthma. It turned out we experienced an electrical fire in our apartment in which the entire apartment was burned down along with all of our clothes, furniture, documents, priceless pictures, yearbooks and the list goes on in which we did not even have renters insurance. My family and I were left homeless and with nothing at all. We contacted 311, The Red Cross, and other agencies but they were just not very helpful and did not seem to really care. The landlord of our building was even worse, he not only did not provide for shelter but also threatened to throw us out out of the apartment because he wanted to maximize rent profits from a new tenant because my mother has lived there for over 30 years and the rent was low. This was when I was referred to P.A.L.A.N.T.E HARLEM and it was like a gift from God. From the very first day we went in we felt like someone actually cared and took time to really find out what was happening. P.A.L.A.N.T. E Harlem gave our family hope and strength to keep fighting against our landlord and to get our apartment back. On August 1, 2014 my family and I went to court in which the judge ruled the case in our favor stating that there is no reason for us to be evacuated from our apartment and that the landlord has 30 days to fully renovate the apartment. Today we our back in our apartment and we are starting a new life and we owe it all to the constant help from P.A.L.A.N.T.E Harlem. We do not know how to thank this non-profit organization enough and the least we can do is to spread the word that there is actually help out there for us and thank God we found P.A.L.A.N.T.E Harlem when we needed it most! Thank You P.A.L.A.N.T.E Harlem!

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I am impressed by the tireless work of Palante Harlem. A few months ago I needed advice to deal with a Landlord. I reached out to Palante and was listened to promptly, given great advice and set up with an appointment with Housing in the Bronx. I got the answers to all my questions. I would highly recommend using Palante Harlem for any housing inquiries or problems. Many Thanks to Elsia Vasquez and her well trained staff.


Sincerely,

Raymond Cordero

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Sometimes I wasn't really greatful of what I had until I started to volunteer at this non-profit organization. Coming from the south, there's nothing but wide open spaces, big houses, and apartments here and there.There was nothing wrong with that but, when I came to New York and started to volunteer at Palante last summer my attitude towards my living conditions have changed. I started to appreciate my home more because there are people living in apartments far more worst than mine with higher prices. If it wasn't for this organization I would probably be an ungreatful person by now. I love what I do here because it feels good to know that what I am doing is helping make a big impact on the Harlem community. I am going to keep on volunteering here until this organization is apart of history and makes a big impact world wide.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find more people who has the same knowledge as Elsia and make this organization nation wide

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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2 people found this review helpful

This non-profit organization inspired me to become a better man, witnessing the impact this organization has on the upper Manhattan society i feel like there should be an expansion of palante through all 5 boroughs being that many new york city citizens go through similar issues.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand the oranization

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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1 person found this review helpful

Elsia Vasquez never falters in her work. She makes it her job to make sure a whole building is in top notch condition, and the tenants are truly satisfied . I know that she is also an amazing mentor for her interns.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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