Housing

Housing

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 TodayCNN, 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:

http://housingbaltimoreartists.wordpress.com/city-arts/


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


Public Housing, NYCHA, East Brooklyn, Metro IAF, Dignified Housing

Progress Seen on NYCHA Repairs in East Brooklyn

Monday, March 17, 2014
Brooklyn Bureau

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

Thursday, March 6, 2014
News 12 Brooklyn

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

Sunday, February 2, 2014
NY Daily News

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

Sunday, January 5, 2014
Austin American Statesman & others

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

Monday, December 16, 2013
New York Daily News & New York Times

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)

New York Times piece


Affordable Housing, VOICE, public land, Sun Gazette

Advocates Press for Affordable Housing Units on Public Land

Monday, December 9, 2013
Sun Gazette

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

Sunday, November 24, 2013
NY Daily News

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
Daily News

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
Washington Post

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

Monday, June 3, 2013
The Washington Post

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.

 


Housing

Community fights ruin from forclosure

Monday, April 1, 2013
CNN

A terrific profile of VOICE's anti-foreclosure work in Northern Virginia on CNN.


Housing

The Other Half, Considered Anew

Sunday, February 24, 2013
The New York Times

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.


Housing

Bloomberg vows to eliminate backlog of NYCHA repairs by end of year

Friday, February 1, 2013
New York Daily News

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.


Immigration Housing

Unexpected Focus at a Mayoral Forum

Thursday, January 24, 2013
The New York Times

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 YNN

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


Housing

NYCHA's failure to stop reoccurring mold invasion spurs suit

Tuesday, December 18, 2012
New York Daily News

On Tuesday, frustrated tenants will take action against the authority for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act — on the grounds that asthma is a disability.

 

 

 


Housing

Picture this, NYCHA tenants - now you are getting cameras!

Saturday, August 4, 2012
New York Daily News

The city's public housing honcho has thrown it in reverse — again.  NYCHA Chairman John Rhea renewed a promise Friday to install cameras in 80-plus developments by the end of next year. 


Housing

Mayor Bloomberg must face up to NYCHA’s unforgiveable failures

Friday, August 3, 2012
New York Daily News

The mayor should have read the letter. The mayor should have taken the contents seriously. 


Housing

Letter to Mayor Bloomberg last year warned of NYCHA's failures

Friday, August 3, 2012
New York Daily News

City housing officials, in addition to sitting on nearly $1 billion in federal funds, were too inept to collect another $600 million in available revenue, a civic improvement group charged last year. 


Affordable Housing

Spring Creek Nehemiah is an Affordable Housing Success Story in East New York

Friday, July 27, 2012
New York Daily News

Linda Boyce says it happens all the time.