My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Palante Harlem Inc, New York, NY, USA
I've attended two of Pa'lante's annual housing (2018 and 2019). I went to learn more about housing/tenant issues, see panels, and meet with City agencies. However, the biggest reason was because they have very knowledgeable and skilled housing court attorneys who offer free advice for tenants facing issues with their landlords.
As I've navigated the housing court process on my own, it's been challenging. The resources available to tenants is often quite mediocre - especially the "advice" you get at the courthouse from the Help Center. When you don't have deep pockets to pay for a lawyer, tenants are left in a very difficult position.
But of all the places that I've turned for advice, the lawyers who come to help people at the Pa'lante conference are thoughtful, well-informed, patient, and (most importantly) steer you in a helpful direction.
Without this conference, I would be in a significantly worse position with my case in housing court. It was also helpful that representatives were at the conference from places like HPD so I could ask relevant questions and get important phone numbers to better assert my rights.
I've also found Pa'lante's staff to have great attitudes and genuinely care about helping people. And my hat goes off to the people who posted signs all over Harlem in the summer heat. I had forgotten about the annual conference and the lawyer volunteers until I saw the sign posted. The timing was perfect since I'm due back in court next week.
I also really enjoyed the panel discussion -- especially the one on foreclosures and how people of color are being scammed out of their homes. The data presented was informative.
I highly recommend this organization's services!!!! It serves a very critical function in the community.
Thank you Pa'lante for all of your help and for organizing yet another wonderful conference!