Showing posts from April, 2013

Rent Guidelines Bd Hearings - Support Fair Rents!


The Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) will hold a Preliminary Hearing on APRIL 30, and a Public Testimony Hearing on THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 2013 starting at 10 AM.
(Click on "read more" below for the full schedule.)

Sign up to speak at the June 13th hearing: call the RGB at 212-385-2934 - 

Or send your views to the Chairman.
By regular mail:
Chairman, or any Board member
c/o NYC Rent Guidelines Board
51 Chambers St., Suite 202
New York, NY 10007 

Bloomberg keeps sweeping poor under the rug


NY Observer
The Return of Hooverville: The Deepening Crisis of Family Homelessness
".  . . 
The current situation may mirror the Great Depression in numbers, but today’s deprivation is played out not against a backdrop of 1930s austerity and thrift, but one of profligacy that revels in extravagances of all sorts, from $20 cocktails to $90 million condos. In Bloomberg’s New York, the streets may still be potholed, but every new bathroom seems to be clad in Calacatta marble.
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DHCR proposing new regulations - at last


A year and a half after the rent laws were amended in June 2011, the state's housing agency (DHCR) has proposed some new regulations to implement those changes.

Review the proposed changes, and testify on June 10th before a NYS Assembly hearing.

R3 Meeting: Mon, April 22 | 6:30pm 113 E 13th St


Monday's going to be a big day for R3.

The Strategic Planning process is wrapping up, and there will be a full reportback from the SPG on the results--including the Real Rent Reform campaign launch.

We've also got the opportunity to mobilize this May for a Tenant Lobby Day. Individuals who are interested in reserving a seat on a bus should sign up here, and organizations that are interested in mobilizing should contact or 718.864.3932. We'll also tackle RGB reform.Si desea recibir actualizaciones de R3 tales como anuncios de reuniones, protestas y conferencias de prensa, haga clic AQUI.
What: R3 Campaign Meeting

When: Monday, April 22 6:30-8:30pm

Where: 113 E 13th Street
(b/w 3rd and 4th Ave), Manhattan

Getting there: 456LNRQ to
14th Street-Union Sq

For more info, call 212-979-6238 x 203

Gotham Gazette - Why Bloomberg Failed on Housing


As Mayor Bloomberg leaves office, he also leaves behind the highest number homeless New Yorkers in the city's history. How did that happen?

Op-Ed: Why Bloomberg's Housing Policies May Have Been Fundamentally Flawed
by Jaron Benjamin, Metropolitan Council On Housing, Apr 04, 2013

At the beginning of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s second term, homelessness in his city was at an all-time high: Nearly 40,000 New Yorkers were without homes, which was astronomical considering the city’s homeless population had never reached 30,000 before Bloomberg took office. In response, he laid out an ambitious five-year plan to reduce homelessness by two-thirds. Eight years later, 48,694 people were homeless, according to the New York City Department of Homeless Services.

What went wrong?

The administration’s critics might say that the mayor’s housing policies failed because he’s out of touch with most New Yorkers. His recent gaffe — ”nobody sleeps on the streets” — and the administration’s infamous…

Our City Our Homes - Groups working together on City elections & more


Several groups are part of Our City Our Homes, a broad coalition of neighborhood and city wide organizations working together to advance a progressive housing agenda in 2013 and beyond. April 18, 2013 at 7 PM, at the 1199 2nd floor auditorium, 310 W. 43 St., NY, NY.

Rent Guidelines Bd. PRELIMINARY VOTE - April 30, 2013


Turn out for the 
Rent Guidelines Board (RGB)'s Preliminary Vote on rent increases Tuesday, April 30 starting at 5:30 PM.

There's no public testimony at that hearing, but you can sign up to speak out at the June 13th meeting:  
After May 1st, call the RGB at212-385-2934.

For more information and talking points to prepare for the hearings:
Tenants & Neighbors 212-608-4320,
Met Council on Housing 212-979-6238 x 203,
For SRO tenants: Goddard Riverside SRO Law Project 212-799-9638

Real Estate Developers Keep Corrupting Albany


Big real estate has money some legislators can't resist. 
(See below.) Let's make politics about people power with a tenant movement!

NY DAILY NEWS"New corruption scandal rocks New York: Bronx Assemblyman arrested for taking $20K in bribes to boost [would-be developer of] adult day care center after fellow Democrat gives him up.  Bronx Assemblyman Eric Stevenson, sold out by one of his corrupt colleagues, Nelson Castro, was charged Thursday with pocketing nearly $20,000 in bribes to boost the launch of an adult day care center. . . His arrest follows the takedown of state Sen. Malcolm Smith and Councilman Dan Halloran in an unrelated bust."  Read more: