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On #BHeard, we’re giving Brooklynites the floor and exploring the issues that matter most.

STREAM NOW: Almost Home: Housing Insecurity in NYC

WATCH >> Stealing Home | How Deed Theft Makes Homeowners Homeless

NYC property owners — mostly Black or brown, often older — are losing their homes to a whole complex of confidence scams, collectively known as deed theft. Why was Michael Baker evicted from a Brooklyn home his family had owned, free and clear, since 1963? In May 2023, the Court granted Michael’s motion to revive his claims against one of the entities that took ownership of his property’s title, finding it may have been involved in the initial fraud. Michael still faces a long fight and significant obstacles to recovering his property’s title. To find out more about the twists and turns of Michael Baker’s case, read WNYC/Gothamist reporter David Brand’s story.

WATCH NOW>> Public vs. Private | The Fight for NYCHA

Public housing should be maintained and managed like any other government-run venue, but should anyone profit from it? Can you imagine the White House being neglected for years, then someone proposing a plan to pay for repairs by renting units in a new privately owned residential tower erected on the South Lawn? Sure, the tower would include some so-called “affordable housing,” but isn’t the whole point of public housing that it’s actually affordable? New York City has such a private development program, called The Permanent Affordability Commitment Together (PACT), but how do the people living in the nation’s largest public housing system feel about this privatization happening in their open spaces?

WATCH NOW>> Homeroom Dreams | NYC’s Unhoused Student Crisis

During the last school year, some 104,000 New York City public school children lacked permanent housing- meaning 1 in 10 students were homeless. Thousands of children lived in homeless shelters, were “doubled up,” aka living with other families, were unsheltered in cars, abandoned buildings, or out on the streets. These students are referred to as students in temporary housing (STH students). Homeroom Dreams is about Riverside Avenue Middle School in Brownsville, Brooklyn, where 18% of the student population lacks permanent housing. Along with the parents, Principal Pembroke and her staff are working to help the students cope with these challenges and to create a safe and supportive second home at school.

WATCH NOW>> Empty Promises

In 2022, New York City was shocked to discover that nearly 10% of its most affordable housing stock was sitting vacant. Given that the number of people in city shelters is ballooning and the empty apartments are more than enough to house them, it is a travesty and an embarrassment. But why is this apartment warehousing happening? The landlords and their advocates blame a 2019 state law that caps the amount landlords can increase rents in rent-stabilized apartments upon new tenancies—making it harder for them to recoup the cost of repairs. Tenant advocates blame greedy landlords who want to force out tenants paying low rents, and remove their apartments from rent-stabilization all together. Where does the truth lie? BHeard Docs visited two apartment buildings in Brooklyn and an enterprising data reporter from The City to find out.

WATCH NOW>> Broke Unhousing

The homeless population in New York City has reached the highest levels since the Great Depression of the 1930s. Fully 88% of heads of households in the shelter system are Black and Latinx – why is it that Black and brown folk are most vulnerable to becoming unhoused? After centuries of being considered property, Black Americans experienced decades of obstacles to owning property: systemic housing discrimination in Federal, state, and local policies, along with ongoing displacement, exclusion, and segregation, continue to prevent people of color from getting and retaining their own homes and accessing safe, affordable housing. Even now, how do complex measuring systems like Area Median Income (AMI) mismeasure real affordability, and so perpetuate the inequality? Can the cycle be unbroken?

WATCH NOW>> ALMOST HOME TRAILER

Following up on the Emmy-winning documentary series, Sidewalk Civics, and our Spring, ‘22 series, The Damage Done: Gun Violence in Brooklyn, BRIC TV’s #BHeard Docs unit is producing a new five-part series on one of the most complex and hard to solve problems facing New York City: housing insecurity. Each of the five parts of Almost Home will explore this issue from a distinct angle, but the series’ overarching framework will take viewers from narrow to broad, from the impact on one person to the systemic inequalities driving the lack of affordable housing and in too many cases, homelessness.

School Segregation

Class Divide: Breaking the Pattern of School Segregation Promo | #BHeard Town Hall

Class Divide: Breaking the Pattern of School Segregation Promo | #BHeard Town Hall

11.14.2016
NYC Students Propose Solutions to Put an End to School Segregation | #BHeard

NYC Students Propose Solutions to Put an End to School Segregation | #BHeard

11.30.2016
Seeing Myself: A Teacher-Student Duo Create Goldstein High School’s first BSU | #BHeard

Seeing Myself: A Teacher-Student Duo Create Goldstein High School’s first BSU | #BHeard

11.29.2016
My Dream For Them: Specialized High Schools & The Immigrant Experience | #BHeard

My Dream For Them: Specialized High Schools & The Immigrant Experience | #BHeard

12.01.2016

Mental Health

A Fight for Merci | #BHeard

A Fight for Merci | #BHeard

12.21.2017
Laurent’s Story: Coping With Trauma After the Earthquake in Haiti | #BHeard

Laurent’s Story: Coping With Trauma After the Earthquake in Haiti | #BHeard

12.19.2017
Peer-to-Peer Counseling at Howie the Harp Advocacy Center | #BHeard

Peer-to-Peer Counseling at Howie the Harp Advocacy Center | #BHeard

01.24.2018
My Father Mohammed: Living as the Son of an Alleged Terrorist | #BHeard

My Father Mohammed: Living as the Son of an Alleged Terrorist | #BHeard

08.24.2023

#METOO

Teens Navigate Sexual Education | #BHeard Town Hall Tough Conversations

Teens Navigate Sexual Education | #BHeard Town Hall Tough Conversations

03.19.2018
#MeToo and The Workplace | #BHeard Town Hall Tough Conversations

#MeToo and The Workplace | #BHeard Town Hall Tough Conversations

03.08.2018
#MeToo and Consent | #BHeard Town Hall Tough Conversations

#MeToo and Consent | #BHeard Town Hall Tough Conversations

03.09.2018

Highlights

Sounds of Brownsville Battles Crime through Music | #BHeard

Sounds of Brownsville Battles Crime through Music | #BHeard

04.07.2016
2017 NY Emmy Award Winner: Holding on to Sea Gate after Hurricane Sandy | #BHeard

2017 NY Emmy Award Winner: Holding on to Sea Gate after Hurricane Sandy | #BHeard

11.25.2015
A Fight for Merci | #BHeard

A Fight for Merci | #BHeard

12.21.2017
My Father Mohammed: Living as the Son of an Alleged Terrorist | #BHeard

My Father Mohammed: Living as the Son of an Alleged Terrorist | #BHeard

05.07.2018
NYPD’s Gang Database | #BHeard

NYPD’s Gang Database | #BHeard

02.12.2019
Highway Mike | #BHeard

Highway Mike | #BHeard

12.05.2019
The New Jane Crow | #BHeard

The New Jane Crow | #BHeard

02.13.2020
Global Entry: Irish Voice | #BHeard Docs

Global Entry: Irish Voice | #BHeard Docs

04.07.2020
Global Entry: El Diario | #BHeard Docs

Global Entry: El Diario | #BHeard Docs

04.16.2020
Global Entry: Sing Tao Daily | #BHeard Docs

Global Entry: Sing Tao Daily | #BHeard Docs

05.06.2020
“Politainment”: The New “Political Hobbyism” | #BHeard

“Politainment”: The New “Political Hobbyism” | #BHeard

05.28.2020
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams on #BlackLivesMatter | #BHeard

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams on #BlackLivesMatter | #BHeard

06.10.2020
Artists Respond to Rebellion | #BHeard

Artists Respond to Rebellion | #BHeard

06.24.2020
Edwin Raymond: Activism While Policing | #BHeard

Edwin Raymond: Activism While Policing | #BHeard

07.16.2020
Terrence Jennings, The People’s Photographer | #BHeard

Terrence Jennings, The People’s Photographer | #BHeard

07.09.2020
Kids Peace Movement | #BHeard

Kids Peace Movement | #BHeard

07.29.2020
The Iron Pipeline | #BHeard Docs: The Damage Done

The Iron Pipeline | #BHeard Docs: The Damage Done

04.28.2022
Almost Home: Housing Insecurity in NYC | #BHeard Docs TRAILER

Almost Home: Housing Insecurity in NYC | #BHeard Docs TRAILER

04.19.2019
#BHeard Docs: Stealing Home | How Deed Theft Makes Homeowners Homeless

#BHeard Docs: Stealing Home | How Deed Theft Makes Homeowners Homeless

05.03.2023
#BHeard Docs: Public vs. Private | The Fight for NYCHA

#BHeard Docs: Public vs. Private | The Fight for NYCHA

05.10.2023
#BHeard Docs: Homeroom Dreams | NYC’s Unhoused Student Crisis

#BHeard Docs: Homeroom Dreams | NYC’s Unhoused Student Crisis

05.17.2023
#BHeard Docs: Empty Promises

#BHeard Docs: Empty Promises

05.24.2023
#BHeard Docs: Broke Unhousing | How Marginalized Communities Got Locked Out

#BHeard Docs: Broke Unhousing | How Marginalized Communities Got Locked Out

07.05.2023

Muslim in New York

I Am Farzanna: On Mental Health Under the Weight of Islamophobia | #BHeard

I Am Farzanna: On Mental Health Under the Weight of Islamophobia | #BHeard

10.04.2017
Zainab and Nirmeen: Finding Friendship in Resistance | #BHeard

Zainab and Nirmeen: Finding Friendship in Resistance | #BHeard

10.24.2017
Imam of Harlem: On Being Black & Muslim in America | #BHeard

Imam of Harlem: On Being Black & Muslim in America | #BHeard

11.01.2017

Resister

reSISTERHOOD: Domestic Workers United Fights Exploitation | #BHeard

reSISTERHOOD: Domestic Workers United Fights Exploitation | #BHeard

06.16.2017
reSISTERHOOD: Escaping the Clutch of Domestic Violence | #BHeard

reSISTERHOOD: Escaping the Clutch of Domestic Violence | #BHeard

06.19.2017

Cops & Community

Black Lives Matter Protest for Alton Sterling in Union Square | #BHeard

Black Lives Matter Protest for Alton Sterling in Union Square | #BHeard

07.14.2016
Cops & Community: Innovations Around Policing Promo | #BHeard

Cops & Community: Innovations Around Policing Promo | #BHeard

09.14.2016

LGBTQ Rights

Jean Wimberly, LGBTQ Senior, Speaks Out | #BHeard

Jean Wimberly, LGBTQ Senior, Speaks Out | #BHeard

06.02.2016
Transgender Hate Crime Victim, Pearl Love, Fights Back | #BHeard

Transgender Hate Crime Victim, Pearl Love, Fights Back | #BHeard

06.08.2016
Feet in Two Worlds: Mohammed Fayaz, Queer Muslim Artist | #BHeard

Feet in Two Worlds: Mohammed Fayaz, Queer Muslim Artist | #BHeard

06.10.2016

#BHeard: Pandemic in Brooklyn

The Rise in Domestic Violence Under COVID-19 | #BHeard: Pandemic in Brooklyn

The Rise in Domestic Violence Under COVID-19 | #BHeard: Pandemic in Brooklyn

s e01 | 04.15.2020
Fine Dining Delivered: A Brooklyn Restaurant Serves Those Serving Us | #BHeard: Pandemic in Brooklyn

Fine Dining Delivered: A Brooklyn Restaurant Serves Those Serving Us | #BHeard: Pandemic in Brooklyn

s e02 | 04.23.2020
How COVID is Changing the Way We Grieve | #BHeard: Pandemic in Brooklyn

How COVID is Changing the Way We Grieve | #BHeard: Pandemic in Brooklyn

s e03 | 04.23.2020
Brad Lander on Protecting Whistleblowers | #BHeard: Pandemic in Brooklyn

Brad Lander on Protecting Whistleblowers | #BHeard: Pandemic in Brooklyn

s e04 | 04.22.2020
ArtCube Nation Joins the Fight Against COVID | #BHeard: Pandemic in Brooklyn

ArtCube Nation Joins the Fight Against COVID | #BHeard: Pandemic in Brooklyn

s e05 | 04.22.2020
At the Front Lines of the Fight Against COVID-19: NYU Langone Hospital | #BHeard Docs

At the Front Lines of the Fight Against COVID-19: NYU Langone Hospital | #BHeard Docs

s e06 | 03.28.2020
Escape to Morocco | #BHeard: Pandemic in Brooklyn

Escape to Morocco | #BHeard: Pandemic in Brooklyn

s e07 | 04.28.2020
Swiping in Safety: Dating Apps in a Pandemic | #BHeard: Pandemic in Brooklyn

Swiping in Safety: Dating Apps in a Pandemic | #BHeard: Pandemic in Brooklyn

s e08 | 04.30.2020
Returning Home, A Pandemic Passage | #BHeard: Pandemic in Brooklyn

Returning Home, A Pandemic Passage | #BHeard: Pandemic in Brooklyn

s e09 | 05.14.2020
What COVID-19 Means for Climate Activism | #BHeard: Pandemic in Brooklyn

What COVID-19 Means for Climate Activism | #BHeard: Pandemic in Brooklyn

s e10 | 05.07.2020
LGBTQ Seniors Fight COVID-19 From Home | #BHeard: Pandemic in Brooklyn

LGBTQ Seniors Fight COVID-19 From Home | #BHeard: Pandemic in Brooklyn

s e11 | 05.13.2020
‌Stranded‌ ‌in‌ ‌America‌ | #BHeard: Pandemic in Brooklyn

‌Stranded‌ ‌in‌ ‌America‌ | #BHeard: Pandemic in Brooklyn

s e12 | 05.13.2020
How Covid-19 Perpetuates NYC’s Existing Inequities | #BHeard: Pandemic in Brooklyn

How Covid-19 Perpetuates NYC’s Existing Inequities | #BHeard: Pandemic in Brooklyn

s e13 | 05.27.2020
The Foreseeable Future: Healthcare | #BHeard: Pandemic in Brooklyn

The Foreseeable Future: Healthcare | #BHeard: Pandemic in Brooklyn

s e14 | 06.17.2020
Virtual Inequity: Challenges to Remote Learning | #BHeard: Pandemic in Brooklyn

Virtual Inequity: Challenges to Remote Learning | #BHeard: Pandemic in Brooklyn

s e15 | 06.17.2020
The Most Resilient: Facing the Pandemic with a Disability | #BHeard: Pandemic in Brooklyn

The Most Resilient: Facing the Pandemic with a Disability | #BHeard: Pandemic in Brooklyn

s e16 | 04.23.2020
Moving During a Pandemic | #BHeard: Pandemic in Brooklyn

Moving During a Pandemic | #BHeard: Pandemic in Brooklyn

s e17 | 07.01.2020
Farm Team: Following Food In The Time of COVID-19 | #BHeard: Pandemic in Brooklyn

Farm Team: Following Food In The Time of COVID-19 | #BHeard: Pandemic in Brooklyn

s e18 | 08.04.2020
Business Backlash in COVID-19 | #BHeard: Pandemic in Brooklyn

Business Backlash in COVID-19 | #BHeard: Pandemic in Brooklyn

s e19 | 07.31.2020
How the Digital Divide is Impacting Low-Income Students | #BHeard: Pandemic in Brooklyn

How the Digital Divide is Impacting Low-Income Students | #BHeard: Pandemic in Brooklyn

s e20 | 09.21.2020

#BHeard: Brownsville Rising

Our Own Food Czars | #BHeard: Brownsville Rising

Our Own Food Czars | #BHeard: Brownsville Rising

s e01 | 10.07.2020
Why Not Start Here | #BHeard: Brownsville Rising

Why Not Start Here | #BHeard: Brownsville Rising

s e02 | 10.07.2020
First of the Month | #BHeard: Brownsville Rising

First of the Month | #BHeard: Brownsville Rising

s e03 | 10.14.2020
Preexisting Conditions | #BHeard: Brownsville Rising

Preexisting Conditions | #BHeard: Brownsville Rising

s e04 | 10.22.2020
Principal Concerns | #BHeard: Brownsville Rising

Principal Concerns | #BHeard: Brownsville Rising

s e05 | 11.11.2020
Never Ran Never Will | #BHeard: Brownsville Rising

Never Ran Never Will | #BHeard: Brownsville Rising

s e06 | 11.18.2020

#BHeard: The Damage Done: Gun Violence in Brooklyn

Trailer | #BHeard Docs: The Damage Done

Trailer | #BHeard Docs: The Damage Done

s e01 | 05.05.2022
Trauma & Treatment: Violence Interrupters Help Heal | #BHeard Docs: The Damage Done

Trauma & Treatment: Violence Interrupters Help Heal | #BHeard Docs: The Damage Done

s e02 | 05.06.2022
The Mothers of Flatbush: The Real Experts on Gun Violence | #BHeard Docs: The Damage Done

The Mothers of Flatbush: The Real Experts on Gun Violence | #BHeard Docs: The Damage Done

s e04 | 05.12.2022
Not Just My Gun is Black: 2A Life in America | #BHeard Docs: The Damage Done

Not Just My Gun is Black: 2A Life in America | #BHeard Docs: The Damage Done

s e05 | 05.19.2022
One Bullet – and the 25-Year Ricochet | #BHeard Docs: The Damage Done

One Bullet – and the 25-Year Ricochet | #BHeard Docs: The Damage Done

s e06 | 05.26.2022
The Iron Pipeline | #BHeard Docs: The Damage Done

The Iron Pipeline | #BHeard Docs: The Damage Done

s e17 | 04.28.2022

The Damage Done

Trauma & Treatment: Violence Interrupters Help Heal | #BHeard Docs: The Damage Done

Trauma & Treatment: Violence Interrupters Help Heal | #BHeard Docs: The Damage Done

05.06.2022
The Iron Pipeline | #BHeard Docs: The Damage Done

The Iron Pipeline | #BHeard Docs: The Damage Done

04.28.2022

The Press

From Tehran to Brooklyn: Lessons From a Journalist in Exile | #Bheard

From Tehran to Brooklyn: Lessons From a Journalist in Exile | #Bheard

04.28.2017
The Press Under Pressure | Breaking the News: The American People Press & The President | #BHeard

The Press Under Pressure | Breaking the News: The American People Press & The President | #BHeard

04.27.2017

On #BHeard, we’re giving Brooklynites the floor and exploring the issues that matter most. From housing to parenting, drug policy to public transportation, and more, join host Brian Vines and let your voice be heard.

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