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Fighting for the Soul of New York City, Metro IAF NY Wins 1,000 New Affordable Units for NYCHA Seniors


Before more than 1,200+ East Brooklyn Congregations and Metro IAF leaders, the Governor Cuomo said, “Redwood shows how to provide senior housing. We just have to do more of it. And I pledge today the state of New York will help finance over 1,000 units over 11 projects on 11 NYCHA sites. Let’s get the seniors out of NYCHA and lets open the page on a new day. Thank you for leading the way. Metro IAF, you led the way. David Brawley, led the way. Shaun Lee, led the way. Everyone here led the way.”
 
A successful action at Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church yielded recognition, respect and results. Acting as Metro Industrial Areas Foundation with great representation and participation from leaders from Manhattan Together, South Bronx Churches, Long Island CAN, and a re-emerging organization in Queens, leaders won an agreement from the Governor to keep working with Metro IAF NY on Long Island to develop a comprehensive plan to treat opioid addiction. 
 
Since October 2017, Metro IAF NY has won $500 million to build senior housing; helped bring about a $2.2 billion settlement agreement for NYCHA repairs; built public relationships with the most powerful elected leaders and public officials in the city and state (governor, mayor, state and city commissioners, city council speaker and half the council members); and made the affordable housing crisis the number one story in our city.
 
Last month, a council person told us indignantly, "after we gave the $500 million, we thought you'd be happy and back off a little bit." Rev. Andre Palmer’s response summarizes what's at stake and why we are so persistent and determined.
 
"Councilman," Rev. Palmer said, "our people have a boot on their neck. When you have a boot on your neck, you don't want it off a little bit; you want it off all the way." And that's just what we're going to do.
 
The mayor remains the target. We're organizing council members to choose NYCHA lots suited for senior housing. Then we'll go with them to the mayor to demand he let us start building right away.
 
Press & Photos:
Photos from EBC-Metro IAF w/Gov. Andrew Cuomo at Mt. Lebanon Assembly (08-26-18)
Photo credit: Paul Hanely @3ilanphotog2
 
Governor Cuomo Announces 1,000 Affordable Homes Targeted To NYCHA Seniors In Central Brooklyn – NY State
 
NYCHA land in 4 Brooklyn neighborhoods will give way to senior housing - Curbed
 
Cuomo touts housing initiative, chides Trump in Brooklyn - Politico
 
Gov. Cuomo, Cynthia Nixon talk affordable housing ahead of Wednesday debate | WPIX 11 New York
 
1,000 new affordable units for NYCHA seniors on the way, says Gov. Cuomo | am New York

WIN Affordable Housing Site Secures $7 Million for Development


The current Old Hebrew Home property, which has been vacant since 2009. 

This June, the Old Hebrew Home property in Washington, DC, received $7 million dollars in funding. WIN has been organizing around the property since 2009, and in August 2017, they successfully pushed for 80% of the units to be affordable. Groundbreaking is set to take place later this year or in 2019. WIN also celebrated the groundbreaking of Parkway Overlook this March. The $82.2 million rehabilitation of the complex will be for households making up to 50% of the area median income.

GCC Successfully Pushes Cleveland Heights City Council to Move Forward Legislation Requiring Foreclosure Bonds to Provide for Upkeep and Possible Demolition of Abandoned and Neglected Properties

Greater Cleveland Congregations Leader Diana Woodbridge speaking to other GCC leaders.
 
The extraordinary organizing efforts of GCC’s Housing Taskforce, led by Diana Woodbridge, have resulted in Cleveland Heights City Council moving forward with legislation that would require foreclosure bonds to provide for upkeep and possible demolition of abandoned and neglected properties as they fall into disrepair.
 
Diana and her team got the entire City Council, along with the City Manager, the Chief of Police, the Judge of the Municipal Court and others with status and power regarding the city’s infrastructure to go on a tour last month of 19 foreclosed and distressed properties in the Noble neighborhood.
 
The GCC team exhibited clear focus, solid research and a well-planned strategy. For example, GCC leader and Cleveland Heights resident Melody Hart provided Councilman Mike Ungar with a spreadsheet listing seven of the properties that Council toured and how foreclosure bonds could have helped with their current blight. Ungar said that he found the GCC tour “on certain levels inspiring” in what neighbors are doing to keep their properties up, and “on other levels, horrible – especially when they (GCC) tracked how bond money could have been used on these eyesores.”
 
Cleveland Heights officials are considering a $15,000 foreclosure bond, as well as a $1,500 administrative fee, that would subsidize efforts to manage foreclosed properties. The proposed legislation should make it to a City Council meeting agenda this fall.
 
Advocates tried to get this legislation passed five years ago with no luck. With their persistence and organizing skills, Diana and her team overcame the obstacles and made it happen!

Durham CAN Pressures City Council to Prioritize Affordable Housing in Downtown Durham


Faith leaders, housing advocates, and public housing residents in Durham gather to remind city council leaders to use public land to build affordable housing so we can have a downtown for all.

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.

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