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Fri Oct 3, 2014
Marin Co., CA - Thanks to the Marin Organizing Committee, Fairfax became the first city in Marin County to financially commit to expanding a seasonal homeless shelter into a year-round project; the Town Council approved funding at $16,392.
Soon after, leaders held a 'Housing Sabbath' to raise awareness of the campaign. MOC leaders plan to target nine other cities, in addition to Marin County, to cover the cost of expansion.
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.
Sat Jun 16, 2012
EBC completed construction of the first two phases of 1,525 units of new Nehemiah owner-occupied homes in the Spring Creek section of East New York with more than 341 families already settled in. Further construction on the third phase is set to begin soon after.
In addition to the 1,525 Nehemiah units (consisting of single-family, two-family, and three-family homes, and eight unit apartments), there will be three parks, a supermarket, and an EMS station. The brand new Spring Creek Educational Campus opened in September 2012 and is home to two 6-12 schools and a district 75 school. The $73 million campus features a full gymnasium, exercise and weight training room, auditorium, a college level research library and technology lab, two fully stocked music rooms and smart boards in every classroom.
The homes were designed by architect Alexander Gorlin and assembled locally at the Brooklyn Yard.
Click here for the background on East Brookyn Congregations Nehemiah Housing.
Architect Credit: Alexander Gorlin / Alexander Gorlin Architects
Photo Credit: Frank Oudeman / OTTO ©
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
Affordable Housing, Vacant Lots, NYC, Rev. Skelly, Rev. Brawley
Metro IAF Leads the Way on Affordable Housing in New York City
New York Slant
Monday, February 22, 2016
New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer’s recent report that identified 1,130 vacant and city-owned lots is shocking, but all too familiar. Every empty lot represents a missed opportunity for the city to build more desperately needed affordable housing. What’s more, building on vacant sites means that no residents need to be displaced in the process, nor is there a need for the kind of complicated and controversial trade-offs that have mired Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposed housing plan in a heated debate with housing advocates and community boards....
Mobile Home Regime, Mobile Home University, Dignified Housing
Austin Interfaith Wins Protections for Mobile Home Park Residents
KXAN and Telemundo
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Last July, Hidden Valley / High Meadows (mobile home) residents became distressed when lot rents for people on month-to-month leases were raised for the second time within a 12-month period. New rules mandated improvements and standardizations — adding new costs to residents — including deck and railing upgrades, paint jobs, skirting repair, shed standardization, and control over inside window coverings. Families were asked to demonstrate possession of a drivers’ license to drive on the property, impacting hundreds of residents. Many families scrambled to comply; some left....
Affordable Housing, Dignified Housing, slumlords, Mold, Crime
Immigrant Leaders Battle Mold, Crime and Slumlords in Dallas Apts.
Dallas Morning News
Friday, December 4, 2015
“It all started with a group of women,” said Dallas Area Interfaith (DAI) organizer Walker Moore, that “wanted to know what their rights were.” With the guidance of DAI, the ladies went on to organize several meetings — at local churches and in apartments — to formulate a strategy to address mold, dilapidation and crime.
In November, extra chairs had to be hauled out to accommodate 160 people who gathered at San Juan Diego Catholic Church at a meeting in which they brought specific issues with apartment conditions straight to the police chief and City of Dallas elected officials....
Bob Wilson, In-fill Development, Urban, Community Development
Durham (CAN) Infill Development a Good Sprawl Substitute
News & Observer
Thursday, November 5, 2015
With the election of a City Council and mayor firmly behind infill development, Durham CAN’s proposal to turn a barren publicly owned lot at the corner of Jackson and Willard streets into an affordable-housing complex looks like a no-brainer.
That’s good news for downtown Durham, which needs full-time residents to help sustain the renaissance of a once-forlorn area. It’s no longer lights out after work in downtown.
Durham CAN (Congregations, Associations and Neighborhoods) is a community coalition that has amassed political clout since its founding in 1997 as an affiliate of the Industrial Areas Foundation....
Arlington County Master Plan for Housing, Schools, Affordable Housing
Arlington Board Approves Additional Affordable Housing
Saturday, September 19, 2015
The Arlington County Board, in an unanimous vote, on Saturday passed an affordable housing plan that will add about 15,800 apartments affordable to low to moderate income households by 2040.
Three hours of personal and heartfelt testimony from those who said they have benefited from Arlington’s existing housing supports swayed the lawmakers who said they couldn’t recall more affecting testimonials in their tenures.
Carolina Perez described the impact of having a safe and stable apartment on her family, showing the board her daughter’s A-plus on a math assignment. “It really hurts us when people say low-income (families) are bringing down Arlington,” she said. “You are not wasting your money. You are investing in your future.”
MACG, Mary Nemmers, Affordable Housing, Portland, Oregon IAF
MACG considered a force for the common good in Portland
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
"We are in a crisis and people are being dispossessed from their homes and their neighborhoods," says Bob Brown, a MACG member who's been working on this issue for months. "It's bad, and it's going to get worse if we don't do something."
...Brown was one of 97 MACG members who, on September 1, packed a PHAC review hearing for that mandatory review process.
... At the September 1 hearing, the group unleashed its secret weapon—a former senior housing policy manager for the PDC named Leah Greenwood....
Foreclosure Prevention, Nationstar, Keisha Krumm, Wes Edens
Nationstar to Give $30 Million for Distressed Milwaukee Homeowners
Journal Sentinel of Milwaukee
Friday, August 28, 2015
"Common Ground is pleased that the mayor and Common Council President Michael Murphy negotiated aggressively in our behalf to get the best deal they could get for our city," she said.
"We are pleased with the result."
NYCHA, Olatoye, senior citizens, East Brooklyn Congregations
Metro IAF Pitches Own NYCHA Housing Plan
The Real Deal
Thursday, August 13, 2015
The Metro Industrial Areas Foundation invited several Brooklyn elected officials last month to hear a proposal to “infill” large swaths of open space at public housing developments in the borough with between 10,000 and 20,000 units of senior citizen housing.
The faith-based organization has developed low-income homes in parts of Brooklyn through its local chapter, East Brooklyn Congregations.
NYCHA, Harlem, South Bronx, apartments, Mold, leaks, New York IAF
Roof Repairs at Harlem NYCHA Building Made Leaks Worse
NY Daily News
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
“What’s happening in the King Towers echoes what we are seeing all over the city,” said Michael Stanley, an organizer with Metro Industrial Area Foundation, a housing advocate group that’s been critical of NYCHA for years.
Barbara Solomon, 59, says she has tried in vain to get management to fix her ceilings. “Too often, NYCHA doesn’t show up, but even where they are supposedly fixing things, the repairs are usually so ineffective that nothing is really resolved or the problem even gets worse,” Stanley said.
Mold, Public Housing, Consent Decree, New York IAF
Judge Slams NYCHA Officials for No-Show at (Metro IAF) Mold Hearing
Friday, July 10, 2015
"A judge overseeing NYCHA’s flailing efforts to clean up its toxic mold problem ripped into agency officials for being no-shows at a hearing Friday.
A lone NYCHA lawyer showed up, but none of the top brass appeared in Manhattan Federal Court to answer why they’ve failed to live up to a 2013 promise to abate mold in decrepit apartments.
“Why wouldn’t some policy-making, decision-making official of NYCHA be here?” fumed Judge William Pauley. “I can’t believe they have more important things to do.”"
NYCHA, De Blasio, EBC, Metro IAF, New York IAF, Public Housing
Metro IAF / EBC Demand that De Blasio Act on Housing Horror
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Angry residents and faith leaders joined forces Thursday to call for the resignation of Shola Olatoye, chairwoman of New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA). On the steps of City Hall under a bright sun, hundreds of members of Metro Industrial Areas Foundation called for a "shake up" at NYCHA, demanding that Mayor de Blasio keep his promises to New York City’s most vulnerable population.
Affordable Housing, Community Organizing in Westchester, Tenants, Port Chester
Starwood Tries to Raze Low-Rent Housing, Westchester United Fights Back
Lohud - The Journal News
Friday, April 3, 2015
Starwood Capital Group, an international private investment company that manages assets of $42 billion, wants these families to leave so that its development team can demolish the affordable-housing complex, and make way for a hotel and housing for young professionals and adults over age 55.
According to the proposal, Starwood's plan is designed to limit the number of children who would attend Port Chester schools, which are cramped for space.
East Brooklyn Congregations, NYCHA, De Blasio, Community Organizing in New York City
Tenants: De Blasio Needs Bigger Role in NYCHA
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
When the head of the New York City Housing Authority met with residents at a chapel in Brownsville on Tuesday night, there were questions about failing radiators, missing kitchen sinks, moldy walls, broken doors, pigeon excrement and more.
These were all part of a more general question: A year into his administration, to what extent is Mayor de Blasio accountable for the continuing maintenance woes at NYCHA, which has been shortchanged by all levels of government for at least a decade?
Hundreds of public housing tenants in Brooklyn took school buses from their churches to Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church...
Foreclosures, Mortgages, Community Organizing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin IAF
City Officials Warn of Another Possible Wave of Foreclosures
Journal Sentinel of Milwaukee
Thursday, March 5, 2015
Milwaukee officials on Thursday detailed new concerns that another looming wave of foreclosures could damage vulnerable neighborhoods still recovering from the last housing crisis.
Major mortgage-servicing companies have given data to the city and community groups such as Common Ground that suggest there are hundreds of properties that are delinquent on loans or are underwater, meaning property owners or the holder of the mortgage owe more than the home is worth.
Mayor de Blasio
Mr. Mayor, Here's How It's Done: Lessons from the Front Lines
Monday, February 23, 2015
Mayor de Blasio has made the creation of higher density apartments in East New York the centerpiece of his housing agenda. Oddly, his administration never bothered to ask us for our thoughts on its plans to build on the work we’ve been succesfully doing there for 30 years.
In that time, East Brooklyn Congregations has built or renovated more than 5,000 ultra-affordable Nehemiah homes and apartments, owned by their residents, in the area. Every one of them is affordable to school aides, police officers, hospital workers and retirees — the very same people who lived in the area before we began building.
Bill De Blasio, Incomplete, Rev. Patrick O'Conner, Rev. Getulio Cruz, Organizing in NYC
Metro IAF Leaders Grade Bill De Blasio's Work
NY Daily News
Saturday, December 27, 2014
"There is no way to give the mayor a grade other than incomplete after this first year.
His commitment to address the problems plaguing NYCHA remains largely unfulfilled. His administration has not aggressively responded to the federal court settlement to remove life-threatening mold from tenants’ apartments...."
Mold, NYCHA, lawsuit, federal consent decree, Metro IAF
Mold Still a Growing Problem for Hundreds of NYCHA Tenants
The Daily News
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Officials at Metro Industrial Area Foundation, a group of churches and nonprofits also involved in the suit, say that since the consent decree was signed, NYCHA has begun to attack the problem. But the crisis is far from over. Of the 84 apartments on the group’s initial fix-it list, NYCHA has done nothing in 57 apartments. And the agency has made nominal repairs in 10 more that were so inadequate the mold came back. Seventeen apartments got effective repairs.
NYCHA, Security Cameras, Public Safety, East Brooklyn Congregations
NYCHA Screwed Up Application: Missed Out on Federal Funds
New York Daily News
Sunday, November 23, 2014
(De Blasio) blamed previous delays on ‘unacceptable bureaucracy,’ ” said the Rev. David Brawley, pastor at St. Paul Community Baptist Church in East New York, Brooklyn.
“Now we learn how little has changed for NYCHA residents over the past year under the mayor’s watch. The status quo has remained: ineptitude, distraction and neglect.”
Homelessness, Day Shelter, Social Services, Sound Alliance, Peter Hasegawa
Homeless, Sound Alliance, Urge City to Develop Day Shelter in Federal Way
Federal Way Mirror
Friday, November 14, 2014
"Our goal was to encourage Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell to commit to work with the Alliance and its allies to find an appropriate site, secure capital funding and secure operation funding to develop a day shelter in Federal Way that provides showers, laundry, public space and a connection point with service providers," said Peter Hasegawa. "I believe a strong community showing at our event demonstrated support for this project."
Illinois IAF, Community Organizing in Chicago, Governor Quinn, Gun Violence
United Power for Justice & Action Reports In From Chicago...
United Power for Justice & Action
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Sunday afternoon, October 26, 2014, hundreds of United Power leaders gathered with Governor Quinn. It was expertly led by co-chairs Betty Gutierrez of Southwest Organizing Project and DiAne Boese of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Oak Park. In 36 minutes, outdoors on a beautiful October afternoon the group got a lot accomplished. The assembly was a follow-up to our larger gathering with Governor Quinn in January 2014 to assess progress on the commitments he made on: housing – supportive housing for people with disabilities and Re-Claim Southwest Chicago and gun violence...
Community Organizing in New York City, New York IAF, Rev. David Brawley, Rev. Getulio Cruz
Metro IAF Weighs In on NYC's Senior Housing Crisis
NY Daily News
Sunday, October 26, 2014
With Albany preoccupied with an election that inspires no one outside of the capitol bubble and with City Hall distracted by an inability to deal with a staffing crisis of its own making, it might seem foolhardy to expect the city and state’s top political leaders to look 20 years ahead. But that’s what the distracted mayor and preoccupied governor must do if a deepening crisis in senior housing and senior services is to be averted.
Marin Organizing Committee, REST, emergency shelter, Homeless
With Fairfax Win Under Belt, MOC Steps Up Fight For Shelter
Marin Independent Journal
Monday, October 13, 2014
Fairfax became the first municipality in Marin to commit to providing funding for the expansion of the REST winter homeless shelter program into a year-round project, thanks to intervention from the Marin Organizing Committee. The Town Council voted unanimously to approve a request for...
California IAF, Community Organizing in the Bay Area, Marin Organizing Committee, emergency shelter, Homelessness, Anna Eng
Marin Organizing Committee Fights for Emergency Shelter
Marin Independent Journal
Monday, July 28, 2014
Marin Organizing Committee (MOC) leaders are fighting to expand a seasonal Rotating Emergency Shelter program to a year-long program benefiting people that need emergency shelter. Leaders propose that the initiative be funded and supported not just by Marin County but by municipalities within county lines. More than 40 congregations participated in the program last year, taking turns sheltering and feeding homeless families overnight at their facilities; about 360 men and women benefited from the collaboration...