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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...
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.