MinKwon Center offers a comprehensive range of free social and legal services related to immigration status, housing status, and public benefits. We provide all of our services in Korean and Chinese free of charge, as we prioritize limited English-proficient and low-income immigrants and seniors who often face difficulty applying for public resources and legal representation.
Immigration Legal Services and Representation
MinKwon schedules 1-on-1 appointments and hosts clinics for community members looking to apply for naturalization (U.S. citizenship); renew or adjust their Green Cards (Lawful Permanent Residency), DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans); or seek legal advice on T-VISAs (for survivors of human trafficking) and other special protected statuses. We are proud to be one of the few organizations in New York to provide free Korean translation and interpretation for all immigration applications and cases. Our attorneys have successfully stopped deportation orders against community members, and we lead Know Your Rights workshops so our members can stay safe if they are approached by U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.
Housing Services and Representation
MinKwon assists low-income tenants with housing grievances (i.e. rent overcharge, security deposit disputes, undone or insufficient repairs, heat and water issues, excessive noise, landlord harassment, and other housing rights violations) in filing complaints and calls for mediation to their landlords. For tenants facing eviction or whose grievances remain unresolved, our housing attorney can provide free legal representation at housing court. We also assist eligible tenants in applying for Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) and Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE), and we lead community workshops on tenant rights, housing discrimination, and gentrification.
As a Single Stop USA site, MinKwon performs screenings for community members’ eligibility for SNAP (Food Stamps) and HEAP (Heat and Energy Assistance Program). We also offer an annual comprehensive tax education and free income tax filing program for over 400 low-income immigrant households. We host financial literacy workshops and seminars for Korean and Chinese immigrants in developing economic stability and mobility for their families.