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Palante Harlem Inc

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Causes: Homeowners & Tenants Associations, Housing & Shelter

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.

Results: -Rent Refunds (Rent Abatements) to Tenants: $2.7 Million -Rent Overcharges (Monthly Rents Rolled-Back): $1 Million -Secured Succession Rights in City-Owned Buildings: 1,525 Families

Target demographics: Housing

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2000+

Geographic areas served: New York City

Programs: Tenant Organizing, Leadership Development, Mediation and Legal Services

Community Stories

123 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I lead a group of students from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke for an alternative spring break trip. Working with PALANTE Harlem has been life changing. The work they do and the passion they exude is contagious. To see the impact PALANTE is having on the Harlem community is inspiring and I am thankful that our group could be a part of the movement they have start to help tenants against landlord abuse!

2 Ale.Rivera

Volunteer

Rating: 5

P.A.'L.A.N.T.E Harlem is a great organization in which helps tenants again landlord abuse and against tenant exploitation. I am glad to work for P.A.'L.A.N.T.E Harlem because it's a new experience for me and I get to learn a lot of new things.

2 nay1922

Volunteer

Rating: 5

P.A.'L.A.N.T.E. Harlem is a great organization because it's for the people! It has help fight and educate the people in the community on their rights. The tenants in my building and I have learned so much from our involvement and are encouraged and motivated to spread the good that P.A.'L.A.N.T.E. has done and continue to do for the community. We are very thankful and grateful for the founder, Elsia Vasquez and all the dedicated and hard work she has done and continue to do!!!!

2

Client Served

Rating: 4

Tengo el honor de hablar sobre la importancia de estar unidos como familia en una organizacion por que antes de estar en una organizacion de inquilinos por anos, NADIE nunca ni landlord, ni manager menos el super nos dieron atencion, y pasamos todas clases de vicisitudes. Muchas veces reclamabamos pero benian, miraban, se hiban y asi quedaba todo. Sin embargo, despues de ser miembro activo de la organizacion P.A.'L.A.N.T.E. Harlem nuestra vida como inquilinos a cambiado un 80% .

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Client Served

Rating: 5

En la organizacion, P.A.'L.A.N.T.E. Harlem, me siento muy bien protegida. Pues e recivido muy buena atencion de parte de esta organizacion sin fines de lucros. Los trabajadores siempre tienen una cara sonriente y siempre estan al tanto para ayudar a resolver cualquier problema Los invito a unirse a la familia.

2 rafaelpadron

Client Served

Rating: 5

P.A.'L.A.N.T.E. Harlem has been a driving force for tenants rights and equality. My experience with them has been a very positive and an enlightening. In this current environment in which we live , with economic inequality, P.A.'L.A.N.T.E. Harlem serves as a tremendous organization to help all communities that would other wise be left out on the perch. I am very appreciative and grateful for all they do us! This organization is and has been a Blessing.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

P.A.'L.A.N.T.E. Harlem is an organization that doesn't only help the community with their main purpose (goal) but it also tries to go beyond. I've been part of the family for a while now and i'm very great full for having the opportunity to learn a lot through the workshops we have and the meetings that occur. I'll like to thank the founder; Elsia Vasquez for guiding me through the right way in every step i'm taking. There's so more to this organization than just it's duty, because P.A.'L.A.N.T.E. Harlem isn't simply an organization we are a family.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

P.A.'L.A.T.E. Harlem has been and would always be one of the best experiences I've had in my life. In this incredible organization you learn that the saying " I Quit" is not an option; you have to "Make it work." P.A.'L.A.N.T.E. Harlem as well as its president and founder Ms. Elsia Vasquez deserve every single award and blessing that there is. The work that she does is absolutely incredible and has no comparison.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

P.A.'L.A.N.T.E. is a great place to learn new things and meet new people. Since I entered it has been nothing but a fun ride. I truly feel like I have grown mentally thanks to this organization and don't know what I would be doing would out it. I can't wait to see what's down the road and what the future holds for both the organization and me.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Pa'lante harlem is a wonderful non for profit organization. I can say personally say that this is a team that doesn't know the word quit. They stand by there word 100%, and treats the community, worker, and volunteers like family. i couldn't think of a better organization to volunteer for i gained so much knowledge and experience and also met so much great people.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was very pleased to do my week of community service with Elsia Vasquez and her fabulous non profit organization PA'LANTE Harlem!!!! It is truly rewarding to work with vigilant people; In five days we made remarkable strides... Support Pa'lante and help keep NYC neighborhoods afloat.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is truly an organization for the unrepresented low and moderate income tenants of New York. With passion, organization and strategies, PALANTE Harlem brings the conditions of the people that are being priced out, scaled out, built out and cheated out of the neighborhoods that they have lived in and supported for generations. I don’t know of any other organizations or agency that works for the rights of the residents without a hidden agenda. I have only been aware of PALANTE Harlem since May 2014. And in this short time I have witness the action of this organization to bring tenants together, educate them of their rights, cause them to realize their common conditions, find the solution and mobilize them to resolve it. Thank you for helping us to move forward and simply having a voice for better living conditions.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

PALANTE Harlem is the best news for every rent-regulated tenant and building in NYC! PALANTE and its founder, Elsia Vasquez, are passionate advocates for tenants’ rights. She knows city regulations inside and out. She has invaluable professional relationships with city agencies. And most importantly, she and her organization know how to work the system like nothing I’ve ever seen before! I can’t say enough about the good PALANTE can do for tenants.

Our Upper Manhattan walk-up building had over 200 HPD violations with many immediately hazardous violations. PALANTE did us great good. I’ll point to just one crucial way. For months, our entire building, including elderly, kids and handicapped individuals, had no gas because “someone” cut the main gas pipe in the basement without the landlord notifying Con Ed or the Department of Buildings (DOB)! Local public officials’ staffs and some housing groups offered encouragement but apparently couldn’t do much to restore our gas—even though our building got on the 100 Worst Landlords Watchlist. With no cooking gas, some neighbors said they just couldn’t afford to eat out and pay their rent. Another family with kids was eating pizza almost every night. We were desperate. By chance, a manager in HPD suggested we contact PALANTE and Elsia Vasquez. I thank God for this!

Although Ms. Vasquez was incredibly busy working with other buildings, she readily agreed to meet and hear our problems. She explained PALANTE’S strategy in dealing with such landlords and outlined an incredible campaign plan for us. And she didn’t stop there. She reached out to contacts she had with city officials and put the spotlight on our building to expedite the restoration of our building gas. She never let up. When the gas was finally turned on, my neighbors were ecstatic! And then HPD put our building in the city’s Alternative Enforcement Building (AEP), which got the landlord to make a lot of other repairs!

Without PALANTE and Elsia Vasquez, we could have gone—like so many other buildings—months longer with no gas.

Yes, I feel intensely that PALANTE is a great nonprofit. And with Elsia Vasquez and PALANTE’s effectiveness protecting the families in our building and so many others, they well deserve your Top-Rated Award!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Elsia Vasquez and PALANTE have rocked our world, in a good way. Every tenant should have such inspirational advocates, helping show us what our rights CAN be and helping us gather them around us. Elsia seems to run on sheer enthusiasm and knowledge of how to work the system to tenants' advantage and she is beyond generous with her time.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am the Vice-president of a TIL/ANCP Building Tenant Association. Elsia Vasquez, founder and Executive Director of PA'LANTE Harlem has been a tireless advocate for TIL tenants. She has been instrumental in organizing meetings with elected officials, HPD and the community, which resulted in the tenancy succession rights being extended to TIL/ANCP tenants. On behalf of our Tenant Association I would like to thank PA'LANTE for all the hard work they do with limited resources to defend our community.
Carmen Pena

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elsia.vasquez 10/04/2015

Thanks Carmen! We aim to deliver top-notch quality service to our community- PA'LANTE!

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Client Served

Rating: 1

I was recommended to this nonprofit by someone and at first they were helping my mom and I but apparently the founder of this organization got into a confrontation with someone that had nothing to do with my mom nor myself and they completely decided to stop working with us. This was totally unprofessional on their part and it was bad enough that my mom had enough issues going on. Not to mention the Elsia had a major attitude problem as well. Thankfully, we found better people to help us and have been nothing but amazing to my mom and I.

2 Krista18

Client Served

Rating: 5

Currently working with this organization to get a rent overcharge and landlord issues resolved. They have all the tools and knowledge to help get paperwork filed and advocate on your behalf. Thank you!!!

3 jmiller

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Elsia, the founder of Palante, is a classic example of a great leader, who leads by example, always quick to give credit where credit is due. She takes no credit for the victories on behalf of renters she organizes, applauding and publicly praising the efforts of those who charge home the wins from the front lines. I wish there were a Palante in every borough of NYC; it would seal fair housing for many more if an organization like or extension of Palante were a voice of housing rights throughout the city. It would also be great to be closer to Elsia & Palante, so that other organizations could learn from their example of how a non profit should be run. Not least of all, Elsia has always been there as a 'long distance' contact for feedback and advice, no matter how busy she is. Because of her, there's no doubt other great leaders are growing within Palante as well.

3 Elizabeth142

Client Served

Rating: 5

Palante harlem es una organizacion que me a ayudado mucho! tienen mucho conosimiento y sobre todo siempre buscan la manera de ayudar, Gracias a Elsia, a Huascar y al abogado John que siempre estan ahi por nosotros!.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Palante Harlem ofrece un gran servicio,amable y están muy preparados para ayudar a la comunidad en los problemas con la vivienda, en lo personal mi experiencia es excelente con ellos y me an ayudado en todo lo que e necesitado respecto al tema.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.