East Flatbush Co-op Mired in Legal Drama Receives $11M Loan: Report The Mitchell-Lama Co-op Has Experienced Internal Turmoil

The Harry Silver Houses in East Flatbush, Brooklyn. (Photo: Claudia Irizarry Aponte/THE CITY (, via Creative Commons)

A Mitchell-Lama co-op in East Flatbush has been the scene of a legal drama concerning its board and allegations of poor living conditions, despite scoring an $11 million state loan for needed repairs.

According to an article in The CITY published on August 27, the Harry Silver Housing Company, a co-op community of 288 apartments, has been mired in lawsuits and accusations. This past May, resident Marcella Coma sued the co-op board and state housing officials in Brooklyn court reportedly over alleged board election irregularities and violation of the co-op's bylaws.

Additionally, two of the board members, Unella Rhone-Perry and Augustine Blackwell, sued a third board member, Andrew Jackson, for libel. Jackson allegedly distributed a letter in February that accused that accused the board members of siphoning off funds. 

The three board members did not respond to The CITY for a comment about the lawsuits.

The drama comes amid a state board greenlighting $11 million to help finance repairs for the co-op. Some residents have complained about flooding and mold in their residences. According to city records, there were 447 open housing code violations concerning the units.


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