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History - Brooklyn Neighborhood Improvement Association, Inc. (BNIA), is a non-profit, 501© (3), neighborhood preservation organization founded in 1980 by community residents who were concerned about the urban decay in their neighborhoods.  From its inception, BNIA served the residents of Neighborhood Development Area #8 (Crown Heights North) by providing housing counseling and tenant organizing.  Later, BNIA added to its repertoire, an array of services and programs - housing development, rehabilitation, and management; youth employment, life skills training and development.  Because of the agency’s  successful track record in Board #8 and wishing to expand our footprint further,  BNIA extended its service area to Neighborhood Development Area #16 (Ocean Hill-Brownsville).

Neighborhood Served: Geographically, this area spans Prospect Heights, Crown Heights, OceanHill/Brownsville and the adjacent neighborhoods.  The boundaries are Flatbush Avenue (west) East New York Avenue (east),

Atlantic Avenue (north), Eastern Parkway (south).  Both Community Boards 8 and 16 and the contiguous areas can be characterized as communities which are ethnically diverse with African Americans being the largest ethnic group.  These areas are defined as low and moderate income.  According to U.S. Census Bureau 2000 Data,  the areas incomes are below the citywide average of $12,443.

Mission: BNIA’s mission is to empower low and moderate income residents of Central Brooklyn and its surrounding areas; to encourage and support leadership and community participation in order to address the housing and economic development needs of the area. BNIA provides valuable and quality housing services, economic development activities, youth employment, life skills training and development, and other programs and services that will enable community residents to be autonomous. 


  • Developed over 300 units of affordable housing (rental and homeownership) between 1990 – 2010, in the Crown Heights, Ocean Hill /Brownsville area.
  • Enrolled and placed over 10,000 youths in jobs under the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) between1992 to 2011.
  • Completed Kianga House in 1988, a transitional facility for homeless single mothers and their children.  To date, Kianga House has been responsible for placing over 600 families into permanent housing.

In 2011

225 clients were successfully advocated for in the housing court system thus preventing displacements and evictions.

350 homeowners have been assisted with - foreclosure prevention, debt consolidation, credit counseling, mortgage restructuring, and mortgage grant origination .




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