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Fri Sep 13, 2013
VOICE's Bank & Foreclosure Accountability Campaign secured $30 million in commitments for their Prince William Restoration Fund from Bank of America, General Electric, and VA Housing Development Authority (VHDA). The fund will support a pilot that would:
(1) rehab 100 abandoned / blighted properties in neighborhoods devastated by foreclosure for affordable homeownership & rental housing,
(2) allow for the development of 1,500 units of rental housing over the next 15 years in Northern Virginia for families.
VOICE announced the commitments at 500+ person action in Woodbridge VA with Senator Mark Warner and representatives from Bank of America, General Electric, and VHDA. When JPMorgan refused to participate in the restoration fund, VOICE organized a direct action at their DC Private Banking Offices with 60 leaders. VOICE's pioneering work has garnered significant national media coverage by USA Today, CNN, and the Washington Post.
Sat Aug 4, 2012
After an extensive campaign documenting safety and health hazards in New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) developments, Metro IAF NYC affiliates successfully pushed Mayor Bloomberg and the director of the housing authority to install security cameras in 85 of the most dangerous housing developments, as well as other security upgrades representing a $10 million investment.
Sun Sep 18, 2011
With TRF Development Partners, BUILD organizes to rebuild East Baltimore. In the worst housing market since the Great Depression, BUILD continues to rebuild the Oliver Community located in East Baltimore. 40 homes have been constructed, fully occupied. 20 are under construction.
Thu Aug 11, 2011
In the Spring Nehemiah Development, EBC leaders will build 1525 affordable homes and develop two new small quality schools.
Fri Jul 1, 2011
Lake County United has supported Mercy Housing Lakefront’s proposal for 70 units of affordable senior housing in Grayslake. Lake County United was pivotal in the building’s original planning with our active community leadership inspiring Mercy to come to Lake County and to include a 25% set aside of units for seniors with special needs in the project. We then helped Mercy secure rental subsidies from the Lake County Housing Authority, tax credit financing from the Illinois Housing Development Authority, worked closely with them to develop local support for the project from Grayslake residents and clergy in order to secure the final zoning approval for the project from the Grayslake Zoning Board of Appeals and Village Board. Vocal “Not In My Back Yard” opposition slowed the process down, but after a final approval vote in early July, Mercy now expects to break ground in early October 2011.
Wed May 18, 2011
Since 2003, AIM has secured $224 million in county investment in affordable housing. The affordable housing funds have been used to build or refurbish over 5,000 units of for sale, senior, rental and disability housing throughout the county. 10% of the funds are allocated for homelessness prevention programs.
Wed Mar 2, 2011
With TRF Development Partners, BUILD helps develop City Arts Building, 69 affordable artists lofts:
Wed Feb 2, 2011
In February, 2011, more than 1300 people from East Brooklyn Congregations, South Bronx Churches, Manhattan Together, Empowered Queens United in Action and Leadership, Long Island Associations, Congregations and Neighborhoods, and New Jersey Together gathered to celebrate our thirty years of accomplishments, including:
- The construction of more than 4000 Nehemiah affordable homes in Eastern Brooklyn and the South Bronx
- $500 million in environmental clean up in New Jersey
- The founding of four new public high schools, two charter schools and the construction of the $220 million Mott Haven campus in Eastern Brooklyn, Queens and the South Bronx
- $60 million in parks restoration in lower Manhattan
Wed Aug 11, 2010
WIN built Dupont Commons, a 147-unit for-purchase, affordable housing development for residents with incomes between $15,000 – $60,000, and partnered with Catholic Charities to create the Summit at St. Martin’s Apartments, a 178-unit affordable apartment complex. WIN is in the final stages of construction for Eden Place, a 63-unit Nehemiah affordable housing development. DC is one of the most expensive housing markets in the nation, and these projects stabilize the neighborhood for long-time residents.
Tue Aug 11, 2009
WIN leaders pressed the Mayor and City Council to develop and fund a plan to create 2,500 units of permanent supportive housing to move the city’s most chronically and vulnerable homeless from the streets or shelter into homes with supportive services. To date, over 1,100 individuals and families have been housed.
In the News
Action in Montgomery, AIM, Community Organizing in Montgomery County, Maryland IAF, Housing
AIM Tells Candidates, "No Stump Speeches"
Monday, June 23, 2014
The candidates for Montgomery County executive did most of the listening, rather than the talking, in their final joint appearance before next week’s primary.“No stump speeches” was the directive from Action In Montgomery (AIM), the faith-based advocacy group that packed Silver Spring United Methodist Church on Tuesday evening with more than 500 people from its member congregations.
Foreclosure Prevention, Finance Reform, Mortgage Backed Securities, JP Morgan Chase Bank
VOICE in Virgina Challenges Big Banks to Clean Up Their Mess
Monday, June 16, 2014
Hannah Senft, Candy Savannah and Ron Taylor, together with "VOICE, a broad-based citizens’ organization, are fighting absentee investors to clean up their yards, exterminate the rats, fix housing code violations and stop abusing immigrant tenants." They are also challenging banks like JP Morgan Chase to clean up their mess.
California IAF, Community Organizing in California, Marin County Organizing Committee, MOC, Anna Eng, REST, emergency shelter, Homelessness
MOC Secures Candidate Promises for Added Emergency Shelter
Marin Organizing Committee
Thursday, May 15, 2014
On Thursday, May 15th, over 250 leaders of the Marin Organizing Committee gathered for an accountability session with Susan Adams and Damon Connolly, candidates fort District 1 Marin Couty Supervisor...
Citizens UK, IAF in UK, Community Organizing in UK, Affordable Housing, Living Wage
"What We Need is a Living Rent" -- Citizens UK
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
The living wage was a good start – but what we really need now is a living rent.
Housing costs take up an enormous amount of income for renters and frequent increases risk dismantling communities...
East Brooklyn Congregations, DiBlasio, Affordable Housing, Community Organizing in East Brooklyn, Community Organizing in New York, Rev. Tyrone Stevenson
Big Plans, Weak Foundation
NY Daily News
Monday, May 12, 2014
...A full week after unveiling its plan to build 80,000 new affordable housing units over 10 years and preserve 120,000 more, the de Blasio administration has still yet to reach out to East Brooklyn Congregations, ministers who have actually been getting such housing built for decades, and whom the mayor’s own report cites as a model.
“This has been our experience from day one,” said a frustrated Rev. Tyrone Stevenson of EBC. “There’s an opportunity to build a relationship with folks — including, but not only us — who haven't been talking about building affordable housing, but actually have been doing it. But they can’t do the minimum, which is setting a meeting with (Housing Preservation and Development) Commissioner (Vicki) Been.”
Community Organizing in New York, Community Organizing in East Brooklyn, EBC, DeBlasio
EBC Calls Out De Blasio on NYC Affordable Housing
New York Daily News
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
“That’s the thing that’s perplexing to us,” said Rev. Tyrone Stevenson, the senior pastor of East New York’s Hope Christian Center and a co-chair of East Brooklyn Congregations, whose incredibly appealing and affordable Spring Creek project, built on what had been landfill in East New York, is cited in the report as a “case study” in getting more out of city-owned land.
Given EBC’s decades-long record of working closely with the city to get actually affordable community housing built, they’re exactly who you’d expect the mayor to be talking with. Yet even as the report namechecks them, they’ve been left hanging on the line.
Affordable Housing, Section 8 Discrimination, community organizing in Austin, Community Organizing in Texas, Jacob Cortes
Austin Interfaith Clergy Defends Section 8 Voucher Users
KVUE-ABC & Austin American Statesman
Monday, April 21, 2014
At a press conference held at City Hall, clergy and lay leaders called on the Austin City Council to support a Holy Day resolution designed to protect Secion 8 voucher users from outright discrimination by landlords...
Public Housing, NYCHA, East Brooklyn, Metro IAF, Dignified Housing
Progress Seen on NYCHA Repairs in East Brooklyn
Monday, March 17, 2014
Mary Smith had one problem, and then she had several. The heating in her living room at the Fiorentino Plaza Houses in East New York conked out about three years ago. Then her hot water went. She began hauling pots of hot water from the stove to her bathroom to bathe. But then she injured her neck and back in a fall, making the water-bearing impossible....
NYCHA, Public Housing, Rentals, Mold, Plumbing, Housing Conditions
Hundreds of EBC Residents & Leaders Confront NYCHA Chair
News 12 Brooklyn
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Hundreds of public housing residents gathered in East New York Thursday to demand help from elected officials and the new leader of NYCHA.
The meeting was held at Saint Paul Community Baptist Church and organized by the East Brooklyn Congregations. Newly appointed NYCHA Chairwoman Shola Olatoye was among the officials and elected leaders invited to the meeting to help deal with public housing concerns.
Public Housing, NYCHA, Mold, Plumbing, Paint, Metro IAF, Community Organizing in NYC
The Rescue Plan NY Public Housing Needs
NY Daily News
Sunday, February 2, 2014
Mayor de Blasio is taking his time appointing a new NYCHA chairman. We hope and pray this means the mayor will chose someone with deep housing experience and unquestioned integrity, not another in a long line of third-rate bureaucrats. In addition to hoping and praying, we have been working hard to set the stage for a desperately needed transformation...
Affordable Housing, Gentrification, Austin Interfaith, Capital IDEA, Jesse Posner
As Austin Becomes More Expensive, Some Fight to Keep It Affordable
Austin American Statesman & others
Sunday, January 5, 2014
When Koreena Malone was confronted with the possibility of losing her home to a developer with a plan, she relied on her experience with Capital IDEA to save her home. She quickly formed a tenant's association and worked with Austin Interfaith, Travis Heights Elementary, the neighborhood association and the incoming developer to negotiate a different deal which is now lauded as a model for affordability in Austin...
NYCHA, Metro IAF, Public Housing, Mold, Maribel Baez, NYC Housing Authority
NYC Housing Authority to Come Under Judicial Oversight for Mold
New York Daily News & New York Times
Monday, December 16, 2013
Over the past year, the Metro Industrial Areas Foundation, a civic group, has threatened to file suit charging the city has for years violated the Americans With Disabilities Act by housing hundreds of tenants with asthma in mold-infested units. The Monday settlement will allow a Manhattan federal judge to monitor NYCHA’s promised improvements over the next three years. Both sides will go to court Tuesday to file the agreement and be assigned a judge....
“This agreement is long in coming,” declared tenant Maribel Baez, whose asthma has been aggravated for years by mold in her Marlboro Houses apartment in Brooklyn. “My hope is that (with) Metro IAF, our lawyers and a federal court all keeping NYCHA and the city accountable, conditions for me and my fellow tenants will begin to improve.”
Daily News piece (with photos)
Affordable Housing, VOICE, public land, Sun Gazette
Advocates Press for Affordable Housing Units on Public Land
Monday, December 9, 2013
Those who are doing the asking consider it an easy-to-grant request, and the answer they receive could help determine the direction of the county government’s affordable-housing policy for years to come.
Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement, or VOICE, is asking County Board members to direct staff to analyze a list of publicly owned sites that could be used for affordable housing, and report back next April with the three most feasible sites.
East Brooklyn Congregations, Dignified Housing, Public Housing, NYCHA, Tenant Organizing
NYCHA Vows Brooklyn Fixes by Christmas -- Tenant Hopes to Use Toilet Without Umbrella
NY Daily News
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Residents from about 150 apartments from Brownsville to Canarsie to East New York confronted NYCHA Executive Vice President for Operations Carlos Laboy-Diaz during Nov. 18 meeting with list of problems including leaks, heat and rats...
NYCHA, Dignified Housing, East Brooklyn Congregations, Rev. Edward Mason, Blanch Romey
Pastor: NYCHA Makes Big Effort to Avoid Repairing Congregants' Apartments
Thursday, October 31, 2013
My congregants in Brooklyn come from more than 20 NYCHA developments and bring a steady stream of horror stories about the agency’s lack of response or, even worse, aggressive resistance to complaints about poor service and dangerous conditions...
Foreclosure Rehab, Blight Prevention, Neighborhood Revitalization
VOICE Wins $30 Million for Foreclosure Rehab Pilot in VA
Friday, September 13, 2013
Each time Ron Taylor steps outside the squat brick townhouse he rents in the Manassas neighborhood of Georgetown South, the house next door is a reminder of how things used to be. It’s his old home, now vacant. The yard, where he once carefully carved a planter from a tree trunk, is overgrown with weeds. Taylor, 68, and his wife lived there for about a decade before it was foreclosed on last year...
Affordable Housing, Foreclosure, Financial Reform
Advocates: Pr. William communities to get $30 million for housing pilot program
The Washington Post
Monday, June 3, 2013
Millions in funding for a housing pilot program that would go toward restoring communities affected by the 2008 foreclosure crisis in Prince William County will be promised by two major financial institutions and a Virginia housing agency Monday, according to Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement.
Prince William suffered more than 20,000 foreclosures during the housing market collapse and was the hardest hit locality in Virginia, according to the coalition of interfaith groups, which has organized around housing issues in the county. The $30 million pilot program would buy and rehabilitate about 100 vacant, blighted townhouses and provide for 1,500 affordable rentals in some of the Prince William communities most affected by the collapse — around Dale City, Georgetown South in Manassas and Williamstown in Dumfries.
The Other Half, Considered Anew
The New York Times
Sunday, February 24, 2013
THE WALLS LOOKED as if they were eating themselves, or decomposing like old film. Mildew invaded bathrooms, mold blossomed along ceilings, and children were masked with nebulizers to fend off asthma’s ills. The photographer Ana Brigida had seen similar decay in the old homes of Lisbon, where she is based. But she did not expect to find them in New York City. “I was more surprised,” said Ms. Brigida, who is 26. “You have these glamorous ideas of New York.” Ms. Brigida arrived in New York early in 2012 for a video-editing internship at Magnum in Motion, the multimedia arm of the photo agency, but grew curious about the people living in the South Bronx, where she was staying. A priest introduced her to Manhattan Together, a community organizing group that, along with another group, South Bronx Churches, was chronicling poor conditions at buildings owned by the New York City Housing Authority.
Bloomberg vows to eliminate backlog of NYCHA repairs by end of year
New York Daily News
Friday, February 1, 2013
Mayor Bloomberg promised Thursday to eliminate a stunning backlog of 420,000 public housing apartment repairs by the end of the year. But critics were skeptical the city could meet its goals. “Today marks the beginning of the end of this problem,” the mayor declared at a press conference in the Drew-Hamilton Houses in East Harlem.
Unexpected Focus at a Mayoral Forum
The New York Times
Thursday, January 24, 2013
This year’s campaign for New York City mayor was expected to turn on police tactics, education policy and economic development. On Thursday, six of the leading candidates in the race found themselves discussing something different: mold.
Affordable Housing, Homelessness, Community Organizing in Texas, community organizing in Austin
Austin Leaders Persist in Push for Affordable Housing
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Austin leaders think they can champion the push for affordable housing once again. Three members of Austin City Council are sponsoring a resolution that calls upon the city manager to explore ways of returning the issue to the ballot….’For our folks who are living on the street, there is not a pathway for them to get into any kind of home,’ clergy John Elford said