Housing

Housing

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.

More here...


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


Mold, NYCHA, lawsuit, federal consent decree, Metro IAF

Mold Still a Growing Problem for Hundreds of NYCHA Tenants

Sunday, December 14, 2014
The Daily News

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

Sunday, November 23, 2014
New York Daily News

(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

Friday, November 14, 2014
Federal Way Mirror

"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...

Sunday, October 26, 2014
United Power for Justice & Action
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

Sunday, October 26, 2014
NY Daily News

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

Monday, October 13, 2014
Marin Independent Journal

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

Monday, July 28, 2014
Marin Independent Journal

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...


Action in Montgomery, AIM, Community Organizing in Montgomery County, Maryland IAF, Housing

AIM Tells Candidates, "No Stump Speeches"

Monday, June 23, 2014
Washington Post

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
The Hill

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

Thursday, May 15, 2014
Marin Organizing Committee

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 Guardian

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

Monday, May 12, 2014
NY Daily News

...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

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
New York Daily News

“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

Monday, April 21, 2014
KVUE-ABC & Austin American Statesman

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
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.


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