By Gloria Dulan-Wilson
Many of Brooklyn's home owners have been faced with the daunting task of maintaining the roof over their heads. It has become even more of a challenge because of the rising costs of utilities, including electrical, gas/oil and water.
For the first time home owners may lose their homes not only because of tax liens or mortgage delinquencies, but for water liens as well. In an effort to assist in bringing these charges under control, Bridge Street Development Corporation, in conjunction with Councilman Albert Vann and CIBS will sponsor a hands on workshop bringing the Department of Environment Protection to sit down and meet with you and try to restructure these payments so that they are manageable.
I strongly suggest that you get all your water bills together, big or small, and bring them along with your most recent readings with you. I also urge you to contact your neighbors, particularly the senior citizens who may be living on fixed incomes and really facing some challenges, and turn out en masse for this. This is for you, but you have to take advantage of it. We have to form a critical mass - i.e. a sufficient number of residents turning out is a clear indication that there is a need for parity in these bills.
It's up to you so show up. We are all great in breaking down the issues and problems to each other, but now we have to be as visible, viable and active in making sure we communicate those same concerns with the Water Company. The information below is for you, but make sure you forward copies to friends, families, associates. See you there.
WATER BILL HELP NIGHT DEP IS COMING TO YOUR COMMUNITY! Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Please join Council Member Albert Vann, Bridge Street Development Corporation, the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, and the Coalition for the Improvement of Bedford Stuyvesant for a Water Bill Help Night.
At the event you can:
Discuss your water bill one on one with a DEP Customer Service Representative.
Learn about other payment options.
Learn about the Water Debt Assistance Program: Customers who meet the eligibility
criteria can defer their unpaid water and sewer bill until the property is sold.
Sign up for the direct debit program: Customers who enroll in the direct debit
program will receive a 2% discount on their bill.
Learn about Automated Meter Reading (AMR) and what it means for you.
If you require additional information, please contact DEP at 718-595-7000 or visit DEP’s website at nyc.gov/dep.
6:00 - 8:30 pm
Boys and Girls High School
1700 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11213
A or C train to Utica Avenue,
B25 to Schenectady Avenue, B46 to Fulton Street