In rapidly changing neighborhoods, like South Williamsburg, low-income families struggle to stay in their affordable homes. When a leaseholder passes away or moves out, remaining family members are left vulnerable to harassment and eviction. Succession rights allow families in rent-stabilized, rent-controlled, and Mitchell-Lama apartments to pass on their homes by proving their family relationship and that the apartment is their home. But preparing for succession requires families to gather detailed documentation for months beforehand. It’s a complicated process and can take a very long time.

To help families claim their succession rights, CUP worked with Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A (“Brooklyn A”) and design team Everyday We to create Pass It On! — a colorful step-by-step guide to the succession process in both English and Spanish. Pass It On! helps families understand the rights that allow them to keep living in their home, and helps them assert these rights during the succession process for Mitchell-Lama, rent-stabilized, and rent-controlled apartments. It also helps families figure out the best time to get the help of a lawyer.

Pass It On! launched at a series of workshops and outreach events organized by Brooklyn A in South Williamsburg for Fair Housing Month in April 2016. Thousands of copies of the poster are also being distributed throughout New York City through Brooklyn A’s network of partner organizations.

Resources & Links

Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A works to sustain vibrant and healthy communities throughout Brooklyn and New York City by providing legal representation to tenants, homeowners, nonprofits, and community groups. Together with the voices of our communities, we advance social and economic justice.

Everyday We is a research-driven collaborative design studio that uses design to translate pressing public and social urban issues into innovative communication strategies, services, and programs.

Making Policy Public is a program of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP). CUP partners with policy advocates and graphic designers to produce foldout posters that explain complicated policy issues, like this one.

Funding Support

Support for this project was provided by the Nathan Cummings Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; North Star Fund; and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Special Thanks

Margarita Chavez, Mayra Martinez, Lydia Rivera, Ervin Rodriguez, Amfry Sanchez, Eyerusalem Zewdie, Cassie Ang, Christine Gaspar, Ingrid Haftel, Frampton Tolbert


  • CUP
  • Oscar Nuñez
  • Mark Torrey
  • Brooklyn A
  • Advocacy Partner
  • Shekar Krishnan
  • Adam Meyers
  • Everyday We
  • Designers
  • Amy Findeiss
  • Christopher Patten