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Durham CAN Wins Commitments from Housing Authority and County Commissioners to Build Affordable Housing in Downtown Durham


Durham CAN packs St. Philip's fellowship hall
 
175 Durham CAN leaders packed a church to declare an affordable housing crisis in Durham and  secured public commitments from the CEO of Durham Housing Authority and the five Durham County Commissioners in support of the construction of affordable housing at two publicly owned lots in exclusive downtown Durham. It is expected that the new development will yield over 200 affordable rental units.
 

All 5 County Commissioners attend and make commitments to support Durham CAN's proposal for affordable housing.
 
 

Angel Vick Lewis and Susan Dunlap, Leaders at the action ready to share their stories.
 
 

After 10 Years of Fighting to Redevelop Parkway Overlook, WIN Declares Victory as the City Breaks Ground on 220 Units of Affordable Housing


WIN Leaders Rufaro Jenkins and Cynthia Eaglin at the Parkway Overlook Groundbreaking | Photo by David Choy
 
On March 26th, WIN leaders in Washington, DC celebrated a victory 10 years in the making. The city broke ground on the redevelopment of 220 units of affordable housing in DC’s ward 8. Since the building was closed down by HUD in 2008 due to its crumbling conditions, it has been one of DC's largest “abandominiums.” Multiple streets in ward 8 have gone ghostly uninhabited. The Parkway Overlook Tenant Association and three WIN member congregations - Brighter Day UMC, National UMC, and New Life Ministries - have been vigorously organizing to get Parkway Overlook renovated and reopened. 
 
After raising the issue with three different Mayoral administrations, holding prayer vigils and countless tenant meetings, in 2017 Mayor Bowser and the DC Housing Production Trust Fund committed $20.1 million to redevelop 220-units of affordable housing at Parkway Overlook! DCHFA issued over $38 million in bond financing for the project, and roughly $29.6 million in equity was raised through 4% low income housing tax credits (LIHTCs).
 
The $82.2 million rehabilitation of the complex will be for households making up to 50% of the area median income (AMI) or about $55,150 for a family of four. Tenants who were displaced when the building was closed will have the first right to return.  Eleven units will be for households at or below $33,090 (30 percent of AMI) and will be set-aside as permanent supportive housing. In addition to consistently pushing for funding and a development that would be affordable for many different incomes, tenants pressed vigorously to sustain the number of family sized units in this property. Additionally, the complex will feature rooftop and ground-mounted solar panels generating enough electricity to power 30% of the property’s energy consumption.
 
 

WIN leaders, organizers, and former tenants at the Parkway Overlook Groundbreaking | Photo by David Choy
 
 

At the Urging of Metro IAF NY, NYC City Council Budgets $500 Million for Senior Housing and $1.95 Billion in Capital Improvements for NYCHA, Fight Continues for Affordable Housing in New York


Metro IAF NY Leader Rev. David K. Brawley speaks to 6,000 leaders at City Hall in Oct. 2017 | Photo Credit: Mark Clennon
 
Following a 6,000 person action at City Hall last October 2017, Metro IAF NY affiliates continue the fight for much needed affordable housing and clean living conditions for NYC residents. 
 
Metro IAF NY has continued to shine a light on the decrepit living conditions NYCHA residents must face every day and affiliate organizations are getting results. NYCHA Chair Shola Olatoye resigned on Tuesday, April 10th.  At Metro IAF NY’s urging, Speaker Corey Johnson and the city council included $500 million for new senior housing on NYCHA land, and $1.95 billion for capital improvements (roofs, elevators, heating systems) in NYCHA in their budget response on April 10th.  During the week of April 2nd Metro IAF NY strengthened a court-supervised settlement agreement that will force NYCHA to properly remediate mold and moisture.  This follows Metro IAF NY’s rally in the rain at City Hall last October, when the mayor immediately added $137 million in additional rental subsidies to help more working class New Yorkers. 
 
Power concedes nothing without demand. 
 
The mayor is opposed to Metro IAF NY’s plan to create quality housing for 15,000 seniors, free up space for 50,000 New Yorkers to move into NYCHA, and make public housing a dignified place to live again.  He will urge Corey Johnson and the council to drop the money for senior housing and NYCHA during budget negotiations. Metro IAF is fighting for not just a more aggressive housing plan but, more importantly, for recognition and respect.  
 
Metro IAF NY will be taking action again at City Hall at 1:00 pm, Tuesday, April 24th. Four hundred leaders will rally on the steps of City Hall with council members, which will hopefully include Corey Johnson too. The mayor will be invited as well.

A Spotlight on Cynthia Stevenson-Eaglin, a WIN Leader Fighting for Community Safety and Affordable Housing in Washington, DC

Cynthia Stevenson-Eaglin is a lifelong resident of ward 8.  After being born and raised in Parkchester Housing Cooperative, and graduating from Ballou High School, she moved to Parkway Overlook in 1991.
 

UrbanMatters Moves 100 Units of Affordable Housing through Zoning - Providence Place


A sketch of what Providence Place will look like in Washington, DC

UrbanMatters, an affordable housing developer established in part by Washington Interfaith Network (WIN), is celebrating forward movement on a 100-unit housing development in Ward 7 of Washington, DC. Providence Place, which will be built on land of the Progressive National Baptist Convention Headquarters, received zoning approval from the DC Zoning Commission and finalized a Community Benefits Agreement. The project is expected to break ground by November of 2018.

Candidates for NY City Council Speaker Commit to Supporting Metro IAF NY Affordable Senior Housing Plan


Metro IAF NY hosts forum on affordable senior housing
 
Making progress in the fight for affordable senior housing in New York City, Metro IAF New York received commitments on affordable housing from four candidates for the speaker of the New York City Council. A forum on affordable housing was hosted by Metro IAF NY and held at Saint Paul Community Baptist Church, where over 1,000 leaders came out to hold the candidates accountable. All candidates who attended committed to working with Metro IAF NY on its collective plan to build 15,000 units of affordable senior housing.
 
These candidate commitments follow an action held on October 9th, where 6,000 Metro IAF New Yorkers, from NYCHA residents to senior citizens, church congregants and more, rallied in the pouring rain, and packed the sidewalks at City Hall in demand of decent, affordable housing for their communities. Metro IAF NY has demanded the City build the 15,000 units on NYCHA-owned vacant lots across New York City to free up space for younger families in need of housing.

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