Housing

Foreclosures, Mortgages, Community Organizing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin IAF

City Officials Warn of Another Possible Wave of Foreclosures

Thursday, March 5, 2015
Journal Sentinel of Milwaukee

Milwaukee officials on Thursday detailed new concerns that another looming wave of foreclosures could damage vulnerable neighborhoods still recovering from the last housing crisis.

Common Ground

East Brooklyn Congregations, NYCHA, De Blasio, Community Organizing in New York City

Tenants: De Blasio Needs Bigger Role in NYCHA

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
City Limits

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?

EBC

Mayor de Blasio

Mr. Mayor, Here's How It's Done: Lessons from the Front Lines

Monday, February 23, 2015
Daily News

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.

EBC

Bill De Blasio, Incomplete, Rev. Patrick O'Conner, Rev. Getulio Cruz, Organizing in NYC

Metro IAF Leaders Grade Bill De Blasio's Work

Saturday, December 27, 2014
NY Daily News

"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...."

Metro IAF

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.

Metro IAF

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.”

EBC

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."

West / Southwest IAF

Housing
Friday, October 3, 2014 - 22:15

MOC Wins First City Investment in Shelter Expansion

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...


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.

Metro IAF

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...
United Power

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