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Affordable Housing, Rent, Property Price Stabilization
Radical Model Fighting the Housing Crisis: Tie Property Prices to Income
Monday, January 16, 2017
Buried among the workhouse chic and the new brick apartment blocks is an unlikely experiment in building homes that will remain affordable to local people forever. After a decade of campaigning, the East London Community Land Trusthas succeeded in creating housing where the prices will be linked to local income in perpetuity, entirely detached from the superheated speculation of the property market....
As the capital’s first community land trust, the St Clement’s project was made possible because the site, home to a mental health hospital that closed in 2005, was owned by the Greater London Authority. After a long grassroots campaign, led by charity Citizens UK, the GLA asked the successful developer, Linden Homes, to work with the East London CLT group, which had also bid for the site.
Carmelia Goffe, Nehemiah Housing, EBC Leader
Remembering Carmelia Goffe
New York Times
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
The Metro IAF sadly reports the death of Carmelia Goffe, East Brooklyn Congregations leader. Ms. Goffe helped lead the resurrection of East New York through EBC's fights for Nehemiah housing, community policing and improved schools. We ask that you continue to keep Ms. Goffe and her family in your prayers.
Affordable and Dignified Housing, Evictions, Josephine Lopez-Paul, organizing in Texas
Dallas Area Interfaith Fights Off Mass Evictions in West Dallas
Dallas Morning News
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
DAI, in collaboration with the Wesley Rankin Community school and center, organized a meeting to brief hundreds of worried renters about their rights as tenants, the basics of eviction law and to pressure the City of Dallas to intervene on tenants’ behalf. Mayor Pro Tem Monica Alonzo, along with the Assistant City Attorney, assured renters that extra-legal evictions would not be tolerated.
The next day, the State District Judge Ken Molberg ordered the Dallas landlord to temporarily halt the mass evictions...
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.