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  When it comes to housing, VID has long championed the fight to preserve and to build new affordable housing.   This year we have formed an Affordable Housing Committee, chaired by VID Past President Erik Coler, that meets regularly with the purpose of protecting rent-stabilized and rent-controlled tenants. Among their accomplishments: Bedford tenants win ‘class-action’ status in rent-reg fight Additionally VID conducts a Housing Clinic every Wednesday evening at 6:00 PM at 26 Perry St. with volunteer attorneys and housing rights experts. Are you interested in joining the Housing Committee?  Do you have a question?  Send your message HERE. See all our posts related to housing     Be Sociable, Share! Tweet

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Jun 052015
 
Stop the Loss of Affordable Housing, Get on the Bus

 STOP THE LOSS OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING, JOIN THE FIGHT. WE ONLY HAVE UNTIL JUNE 15 TO CHANGE THE RENT LAWS. Get on a FREE bus to Albany to demonstrate for changes in the rent law that will stop the loss of affordable housing.   Advocates and tenants will rally in Albany on Tues., June 9. Buses will leave at 7 a.m. at 135th St. and Fifth Ave. in front of P.S. 197 and will return to New York City at 6 p.m. Transportation is free, and breakfast and lunch are included. To reserve a seat on one of the buses, call Darren at Tenants & Neighbors at 212-608-4320 x316 or contact mia.r.mcdonald@gmail.com You can also call Gov. Cuomo in Albany at 518-474-8390 or at his NYC office at 212-681-4580 TELL HIM: DO AWAY WITH VACANCY DECONTROL WHICH LETS RENT STABILIZED APARTMENTS GO TO MARKET RATE WHEN THE  RENT REACHES A CERTAIN LEVEL AND […]

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Mar 012014
 
Affordable Housing Forum

Forum Speakers Offer Specifics to Increase Affordable Housing in NYC By Marlene Nadle, VID Housing Committee Chair  “The conventional wisdom that the city can’t do anything about affordable housing is destructive, demoralizing, and legally wrong,” said tenant attorney Seth Miller. He was one of the speakers at a February affordable housing panel and film cosponsored by the Village Independent Democrats and Judson Memorial Church . The program was organized by VID Housing Chair, Marlene Nadle. Miller proposed a number of actions addressing affordable housing that could be carried out by the City Council and didn’t need Albany’s approval. They include: Pass an ordinance penalizing the warehousing of apartments. Pass an ordinance prohibiting the reduction of apartment units in a building and the demolition of units in a building, or only allow it if the units are replaced by affordable apartments that are offered to the displaced tenants. Devote any property […]

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Nov 262013
 
VID Forum on Affordable Housing

Full House for VID Forum on Affordable Housing Village Independent Democrats sponsored a free-wheeling forum, “Opening Doors:  Affordable Housing in the de Blasio Era,” at St. John’s Lutheran Church Annex, on November 14. The forum was inspired by Mayor-elect de Blasio’s pledge to build 200,000 units of affordable housing and end what he has  termed the “Tale of Two Cities” that currently characterizes New York City:  a few wealthy at the top, and the rest struggling for life’s basics, including housing the working class can afford. Panelists Moses Gates, Director of Competitive Housing Assistance for Multifamily Properties (CHAMP), Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development (ANHD), and Ted Houghton, Executive Director of the Supportive Housing Network and Co-Chair of Housing First!, a coalition of over 30 advocacy groups reflected on the need for affordable housing and how VID can help the deBlasio administration meet its housing goals. They covered a range of […]

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