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Housing Activists Call for NYCHA Accountability

WBAI/Pacifica Radio, 08/08/2012 -

Today a coalition of housing activists gathered in front of NYCHA, the New York City Housing Authority’s Headquarters.  Then they marched over to HUD,  the US Department of Housing and Urban Development,  demanding accountability from Housing Officials. WBAI's Linda Perry has the story. (Follow the link for the audio file.)

Campaigns: Public Housing
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Mayor Bloomberg admits NYCHA could be doing a better job

NY Daily News, 08/08/2012 -

Mayor Bloomberg  acknowledged Wednesday that the New York City Housing Authority could be doing better for its residents — but continued to blame budget woes despite NYCHA’s nearly $1 billion in unspent federal funds.

“Could we do it better? Yeah, I’m sure we can always do it better,” Bloomberg said in response to a series of Daily News stories that exposed high-salaried NYCHA board members sitting on funds while public housing crumbles all over the city. Read more »

Campaigns: Public Housing
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The Changing Color of Our Neighborhoods

CNN Radio, 07/25/2012 -

The complexion of some of America’s cities is changing. According to the last census, four of the 25 fastest gentrifying zip codes are in Brooklyn, New York. Upwardly mobile families are moving back into urban centers, reversing a trend of the 1970’s commonly called "white flight."

[:57] “To me, gentrification is when a certain group of people move into a neighborhood and they totally take it over. They bring in all their values and their lifestyle,” said Michele Payne, a long time resident of the Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn, NY.

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Brooklyn Group Collects Signatures to Have Youth Voices Heard

DNAInfo.com, 07/10/2012 -

DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — Young people involved with Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE) in Downtown Brooklyn have started a petition asking the Committee on Youth Services to hold their public meetings at an hour when youth can attend.

It all started last March when the Committee held a public hearing to discuss programs for youth in New York City. The teenagers of FUREE wanted to give the committee feedback about how the programs were working in their communities. But most couldn’t attend because the meeting was at 10 a.m. and they were in school.

Some students attended but had to miss school in order to do so.

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Campaigns: FUREEous Youth

MY BROOKLYN Film Screening Hosted by FUREE & Fifth Ave Committee

When: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Park Slope United Methodist Church - 410 6th Avenue at 8th St.

FUREE, the Fifth Ave Committee and Neighbors Helping Neighbors invite you to...

FREE Screening of "MY BROOKLYN" followed by Community Discussion

Click here to learn more about this award-winning film that explores issues of gentrification and displacement in Downtown Brooklyn.  FUREE members and campaign actions are highlighted in this important documentary. Read more »

FilmWax Screening of "My Brooklyn" co-sposored by FUREE!

When: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

53 Prospect Park West (between 1st & 2nd St. in Park Slope across from the park)

Special *FREE* Screening of New Award-Winning Documentary "MY BROOKLYN" that features many FUREE members and campaign actions! Read more »

Brooklyn Food Conference After Party Hosted by FUREE

When: Saturday, May 12, 2012 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

70 South Elliott Place (between Dekalb & Lafayette) in Brooklyn - just down the block from the conference!

Join us for a post-conference house party to kick back, celebrate, and raise funds for the Brooklyn Food Coalition & local food justice organizing at FUREE!

Come schmooze, snack and drink with speakers from the conference and your newest friends in the food justice movement.

Tickets: Sliding scale ($10-$75.  Tickets at $15+ get free drinks)  Cash bar of beer and wine.
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ACTION ALERT: Help Preserve & Protect National Public Housing


Submit comments to HUD here: http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=HUD-2012-0018-0011


HUD's Rental Assistance Demonstration Project aims to raise funding to preserve national public housing developments which are in need for repair. That funding would be raised by enabling housing authorities the option to voluntarily enter developments or buildings in a program that allows private companies to take out a mortgage on public housing. In a country that is flooded with a mortgage crisis. How can we be sure that these companies would not default on these mortgages and leave housing in the hands of big banks responsible for the national foreclosure crisis??? Read more »

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FUREE Fights for Housing Improvements

Brooklyn Review, 03/26/2012 -

Families United for Racial and Economic Equality, (FUREE) is furious about the New York City Housing Authority's refusal to correct unhealthy living conditions at several housing projects in Downtown Brooklyn. They are taking their fight to the courts we caught up with some of the groups' leaders--- and a tenant who just wants a home that doesn't make her sick.

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