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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.

Campaigns: Public Housing
FUREE In the Media

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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Albee Square West Residents Endure Deplorable Conditions While Awaiting Relocation

NY Times/Fort Greene-Clinton Hill Local, 12/30/2011 -

Amidst the glass and shiny metal exteriors of the high-rises in downtown Brooklyn sit three conjoined five-story red brick and stone apartment buildings, 402, 404 and 406 Albee Square West. Their dingy stoops lead to sticky floors in dimly lit hallways, unhinged mailbox doors and rusty fire escapes. Things aren’t much better inside the few occupied apartments. Read more »

FUREE In the Media

Displaced Shopkeepers: Rents Still a Problem

CityLimits, 11/30/2011 -

When the city approved an ambitious rezoning of downtown Brooklyn in 2004, Yaakov "Jack" Fuzailov didn't think it would negatively affect his barbershop on the corner of Bridge Street and Willoughby Avenue. After all, he figured, he had a five-year lease and a verbal promise from his landlord of a five-year renewal. Even when construction for a new subway underpass tore up the streets in front of his shop, he struggled through, waiting for the day when his customers could return. "I was working for free, because I thought I could build a future," he says. "Thinking that it will be better tomorrow."

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FUREE to New D'town BK Partnership Prez: It's Time for Fair Development!

The following is critical background information regarding the recently announced appointment of Tucker Reed as new President of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership (DBP):

1/17/12 update: This letter from FUREE was hand-delivered to Mr. Reed. Read more »

FUREE In the Media

Poor Design Leads to Lost Votes

The Brennan Center for Justice, 12/07/2011 -

The Brennan Center released a report this week detailing the tens of thousands of votes that were lost in New York because voting machines read their choices as “overvotes” – the invalid selections of more than the allowable number of candidates. Instead of returning the ballot, as is done in many other jurisdictions, the ballots were retained and the machine displayed a screen message using complex election jargon that gave voters misleading cues about their options. In the 2010 election, this confusing message led to as many as 20,000 lost votes in the governor’s contest alone and as many as 60,000 lost votes across all contests. The Times, Daily News, WNYC, and Politico have all done a great job covering the story.

The Brennan Center and others warned state election officials about the potential problems that would arise due to this confusing message. Represented by the Brennan Center, the NAACP New York State Conference, the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, Families United for Racial and Economic Equality, and several individual plaintiffs filed a lawsuit against the New York State and New York City Boards of Elections in June of 2010 over the discriminatory impact on minority voters. Read more »


When: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 6:30pm - 9:30pm

FUREE is Ten Years Old!

Ten years ago, FUREE was founded by a group of 15 women living on public assistance to fight for racial, gender and economic equity. Since then, we’ve reached to over 25,000 people, developed hundreds of leaders and won victories that impact thousands of low income and working class people of color in Brooklyn and New York City.

We wouldn't be here today, causing trouble for the powers that be, if it wasn't for the support of donors and allies who believe in the power of grassroots leadership! Read more »

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