In Crown Heights, Met Council held Know Your Rights Fair to inform residents of the rights and programs afforded by Federal, State, City governments and the non-profit community. The event brought community leaders and experts from a wide range of services, including: legal, public benefits and housing. In addition, clients received a free pre-packaged dinner.
“When clients first come to us, they so rarely know that they are eligible for public benefits or what to do at a fair hearing trial. These unknowns can be the difference between crisis and stability,” said David M. Frankel, Met Council’s CEO and Executive Director. “Every day, Met Council case workers empower our clients to confront their crisis. In conjunction with our partner agencies and local elected officials, through our Know Your Rights Fair and other community outreach efforts, we seek to prevent those crisis moments, leverage government programs and bring together a diverse group of CBOs to reach the Brooklyn community.”
Nearly 40 percent of Crown Heights residents live in poverty, and 27 percent are food insecure — significantly higher rates than in other New York City neighborhoods. Of all those in poverty, 17 percent are children. By increasing residents’ access to information about a variety of benefits that can have a direct impact on their daily lives, Know Your Rights helps people in their fight against poverty.
With Met Council’s four decades of experience helping low-income New Yorkers understand and enroll in government benefits, Know Your Rights Fair is an innovative tool to bring more services to Brooklyn residents.
Our partners included: New York City Department of Finance, Crown Heights Jewish Community Council, New York Legal Assistance Group, New York City Council Member Mathieu Eugene (D-40), New York City Council Member Robert Cornegy (D-36), New York City Council Member Stephen Levin (D-33),New York City Council Member Mark Treyger (D-47), NYC Council Member Jumaane D. Williams (D-45), New York State Senator Jesse Hamilton (SD-20), New York State Assembly Member Karim Camara (AS-43) and other government and community organizations.