NEDAP provides community groups with an array of legal, technical, and information resources needed to organize and advocate for economic justice in low income communities of color in New York City.
Types of Technical Assistance
NEDAP works with grassroots groups on specific issues and projects, both short and long term, providing technical assistance, training, and data and mapping resources. NEDAP’s work is tailored to the needs identified by organizations. NEDAP works closely with neighborhood groups to:
Develop strategies to combat bank redlining and promote investment in community development initiatives.
Document community lending patterns and financial services needs.
Provide community education on financial services access, financial literacy, and economic rights.
Negotiate with financial institutions for access to fair and affordable financial services in low income neighborhoods.
Train community organizers and advocates.
Keep community residents informed about legislative and policy developments that affect them.
Conduct policy and data research and analysis.
- Preparing a financial services needs assessment for a grassroots groups organizing a community credit union in Harlem.
- Educating community groups about predatory lending and connecting homeowners facing foreclosure with legal assistance.
- Helping secure a free cash access machine for public benefits recipients living in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
- Helping a Queens-based clergy group negotiate with large banks to secure loans and technical assistance for African-American churches.
- Drafting model legislation that would outlaw fraudulent and deceptive practices of high cost mortgage lenders in New York State.
- Helping community residents secure the first and only bank branch in Red Hook, Brooklyn, in decades.
- Conducting a detailed survey of small businesses in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, for the Bogolan Merchants Association.
- Providing legal counsel to affordable housing and tenants groups pressing financial institutions for community reinvestment, resulting in significant new lending, branch and other services, and investments in their communities.
For Further Help
To request technical assistance from NEDAP or to talk to us about a project that we might be able to help with, please contact us at (212) 680-5100 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.