FUREEous Youth Protest City Council Hearing


Youth Jobs Group Challenges Bloomberg, City Council to Get Youth Input in Youth Budget Matters…With Tape Over Their Mouths

New York City, Today:  Several city youth staged a silent protest to symbolize the absence of youth at the City Council’s Youth Services Committee budget hearing Thursday morning, at a time when most children and youth are in school. Young people from the group FUREEous Youth, wanted Bloomberg and the City Council to see that the nearly 2 million youth who are directly impacted by the mayor’s proposed $118.32M cuts to youth services, child care, youth jobs and afterschool programs are shut out of the democratic process of providing testimony to pending city budgets.  Read more »

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NYCHA residents: Repairs too slow

Amsterdam News, 03/09/2012 -

Residents of New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) buildings in Brooklyn are fuming over what they claim are hazardous living conditions and years of unattended repairs. The issue has now spawned a lawsuit to get the repairs done.

Tenants and advocates from Families United for Racial & Economic Equality (FUREE) gathered last week in front of Brooklyn Housing Court, claiming that NYCHA is forcing residents to live in dangerous and unhealthy conditions and is misusing capital repair funds for other programs. Read more »

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Greene Hill Food Coop Is Open — But Few Low-Income Residents Have Joined In

NY Times Fort Greene-Clinton Hill Local, 03/09/2012 -

The opening of the Greene Hill Food Coop has been widely billed as a major improvement for less-affluent residents, but very few low-income foodies are taking advantage of the affordable prices.

In the two months since the members-only supermarket has been open on Putnam Avenue, only 3.7 percent of the 800 members are low-income residents taking advantage of a special payment plan that allows people on public assistance to pay just $5 to join the coop and then pay the remaining $145 membership fee over 5 years. Read more »

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Tenant Advocates Sue NYCHA

New York Nonprofit Press, 03/02/2012 -

Tenants and advocates from Families United for Racial & Economic Equality (FUREE) gathered in front of Brooklyn Housing Court yesterday to demand that the New York City Housing Authority move to improve its maintenance and repair programs.  Following the event, attorneys from South Brooklyn Legal Services filed a group lawsuit against NYCHA to force repairs for tenants of three Brooklyn NYCHA properties.
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Public Housing Residents — One With Her Mold Brush — Sue the City

NY Times Fort Greene-Clinton Hill Local, 03/02/2012 -

Residents of a trio of Fort Greene housing projects — including one woman showing off the a toothbrush she uses to fight persistent mold — sued the city on Thursday, claiming that the Housing Authority is a “slumlord” that violates laws that mandate timely repairs. Read more »

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VIDEO: Tenants and Housing Advocates Take NYCHA to Court

Bed-Stuy Patch, 03/01/2012 -



Attorneys from South Brooklyn Legal Services representing three public housing developments in Fort Greene announced this morning they are suing the New York City Housing Authority for forcing residents to live in unsafe and unsanitary conditions.

The lawsuit -- on behalf of the tenants in Whitman Houses, Farragut Houses and Ingersoll Houses -- was announced at a rally led by Families United for Racial & Economic Equality (FUREE), outside of the Brooklyn Housing Court building.

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Residents of Fort Greene Houses File Suit Over Living Conditions

Fort Greene-Clinton Hill Patch, 03/01/2012 -

Residents from Farragut, Ingersoll and Whitman Houses gathered in front of Brooklyn Housing Court in Downtown Brooklyn Thursday to file a lawsuit against the city for what they called a pattern of neglect and put-off repair work.

Leading the way in the effort, with help from South Brooklyn Legal Services, was Families United For Racial and Economic Equality—many members of which openly criticized the New York City Housing Authority's efforts to rehabilitate and maintain buildings that are now more than a half-century old.

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Breaking: Public Housing Tenants Suing City Right Now

NY Times Fort Greene-Clinton Hill Local, 03/01/2012 -

This morning, residents of Housing Authority projects are suing the city to make long-overdue repairs and reallocate budget money towards maintenance.

The rally, organized by Families United for Racial and Economic Equality, featured several residents of Fort Greene public housing, including Sharon Davis-Knight (right), who showed up with the toothbrush that she said she uses to scrape away mold in her bathroom that grows because of a plumbing problem that the Housing Authority will not fix. Read more »

ACTION ALERT: Fix Our Homes!!! Press Conference


Brooklyn Housing Court, 141 Livingston Street at the Corner of Smith Street, Downtown Brooklyn

Sharon D. has been living with mold and mildew that appeared to be coming from her behind walls since 2010. Like many New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) tenants, she called the Centralized Calling System in May 2010 and was told that a contractor would contact her within 30 days. Almost two years have passed and no one has contacted Sharon. In fact, she has called several times to inquire about repairs and just two weeks ago she was told that she could not request a new ticket because the ticket from May 2010 still remained open. Meanwhile, Sharon must live with mold and mildew in her apartment that she believes caused her to spit up blood from a respiratory infection and is now starting to affect the health of her son, Jonathon.

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FUREE Supports Redistricting Plan of NYS Assembly Districts 50 and 57

New Lines Would Unite Fort Greene Public Housing Residents Into One Voting Rights Act District Read more »

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