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The NYC Department of Finance sells tax debt owed to the city to private speculative debt collectors each year through the tax lien sale. It routinely includes active nonprofits, even though they are exempt from paying taxes as per New York State law.

Our successful campaign in 2017 brought together grassroots and elected advocates to protect 360 key community properties from the annual sale and to champion new legislation that will stop this problem in future years! Now we are turning to the properties put at risk by prior years’ sales.

We could use your help contacting the people who run these places: 

2011-2016
Kips Bay Community Association, Inc.
Metro Comm Meth Church
Mt Pleasant Christian
Church of the Master, Inc.
The Minority Task Force on Aids, Inc.
St Peter’s Lutheran Church
MHHC Corp.
The True Witness Shiloh Apostolic Church
MMC Corporation
Church of God of Crotona Avenue, Inc.
Baitul Aman Islamic Center Inc.
Jerusalem Christian Church Inc 
Congregation OHR Menachem 
Morning Star Highway Church of Christ
Congregation & Yeshiva Ateres Shmiel Dsaylish 
St Grace Prot Chapl I
Wyckoff Heights Medic
Borough Development Group 
Linroc Nursing Homein
Paul J Cooper Center for Human Services Inc. 
Fernande Valme Ministries
Toldos Yakov Yosef, Inc.
Congregation Tehilos
Yeshiva Gedolah Tefereth Shmuel
Mor Markowitz (clergy)
Jesus is Lord Church of SDA
Sephardic Center of  Mi
Congregation Vayechiyos
Pentecostal Faith CHU
Bushwick Helping Hand/ Randolph Ferdinand Ministries
Beth Shalom Inc
Congregation Nachlei Emunah
Congregation V’yoel M
Overcoming Love Ministries Inc.
Bushwick Helping Hand/ Randolph Ferdinand Ministries
Bangladesh Society In
Bethel International
EMMANUEL FULL GOSPEL ASSEMBLIES, INC.
THE AFRIKAN POETRY THEATRE, INC.
Angeldocs, Inc. 
Rugged Cross Ch./Pray
Mt. Pleasant Pentecost
CONG. U.T.A. OF BAYSWATER, INC
Haven Ministries
New Greater Bethel Interdenominational Church, Inc.
Yeshiva and Masivta Tiferes Torah

2017
manhattan:
ADVENT SABBATH CHURCH
AUDUBON PARTNERSHIPFOR ECONOMIC DEV
NEIGHBORHOOD PARTNERSHIP HDFC
RUSSIAN HOLY FATHERS’CHURCH
SFDS DEVELOPMENT CORP – lottcdc.org/
bronx:
BRONX GOSPEL
CHRISTIAN MISSIONARYASS
LIFE WORSHIP CENTER CHURCH OF GOD O
MOUNT EDEN RESCUE MISSION -GENA HUD
MT CARMEL BAPTIST CHURCH
MT CARMEL BAPTIST CHURCH
MT HOPE MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH
NEIGHBORHOOD YOUTH & FAMILY SERVICE
NEIGHBORHOOD YOUTH & FAMILY SERVICE
NEIGHBORHOOD YOUTH &FAMILY SERVICES
ORGDEN CHRISTIAN HOME
PILGRIM UNITED CHURCH
brooklyn:
AGAPE HOUSE OF PRAYER AND PRAISE, I
CONGREGATION YISROELSUVA
EMMANUEL PENTACOSTALTEM
EVANGEL TEMPLE INC
FORT GREENE CH OF GOD
GRACE CHRISTIAN CHURCH
GRACE CHRISTIAN CHURCH
GRACE PROT EPIS CH
HARVEST TIME ZION CHURCH OF OUR GOD
HOLY HOUSE OF PRAYERCHURCH INC
HOLY TRINITY SEED MINISTRY INC
THE CASSIDIC DISCOVE
THE WILLIAMSBURG CHRISTIAN CHURCH
UNITED LUBAVITCHER YESHIVOTH
YESHIVA KAVUNAS HALEV
queens:
FORBES TEMPLE INC
LIGHTHOUSE DELVCE CH/CHS
LIGHTHOUSE DELVCE CH/CHS
MORRIS BROWN AFRICAN METHODIST EPIS
RED APPLE CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER
ROCKAWAY BOULEVARD LOCAL DEVELOPMEN
ROCKAWAY BOULEVARD LOCAL DEVELOPMEN
UNITED NATIONS CHURCH INTERNATIONAL OF VA,INC.

These groups may not know that they have a lien. They may need help reaching the NYC Department of Finance Taxpayer Advocate so they can get that lien defected. They may need help finding a lawyer to defend a foreclosure proceeding. Here’s what you can do:

Use the green sections of this spreadsheet to track your progress. When you contact people, you can say:

  • The city illegally charged you taxes between 2011 and 2016, even though you are a nonprofit.
  • They sold the debt on those illegally-charged taxes to Wall Street investors sometime between 2011 and 2016.
  • Those collectors can initiate foreclosure on your place. Let’s stop that from happening!
  • To stop it, contact David Crotty at the Taxpayer Advocate’s office immediately: CrottyD@finance.nyc.gov, (212) 312-6588. Tell him that you are a nonprofit and that the lien against your property that was sold between 2011 and 2017 needs to be defected.
  • Contact Mara at 596 Acres for any further assistance: mara@596acres.org, (718) 316-6092 X3.

Thank you for helping protect our places!

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