Public Housing

FUREE member Sharon Davis-Knight speaks about living conditions


Public Housing Organizing Committee Mission Statement:

 We are public housing residents who are fighting for ourselves, our families and future generations to make sure that we are all treated as human beings with dignity and respect.  We fight to preserve and protect public housing, build a sustainable community and to hold NYCHA accountable to the housing, employment and safety needs of its residents. We do this through building the social and political power of residents so that all people who call public housing their home can win racial, gender and economic equity.


Our Goals:

- Preserve and protect the accessibility and affordability of public housing to ensure that public housing remains a safety-net for low income families

- Win changes to warehoused units in Ingersoll and Whitman Houses

- Hold the New York City Housing Authority to job training and placement standards for unemployed residents through Section 3 programs

- Win a community-labor apprenticeship program funded through Section 3 funds.

- Change the public debate regarding public housing to uplift that housing is a human right and develop revenue-building plans that keeps public housing accessible and available for low income and working families.

Public Housing Organizing Committee meetings are held every third Tuesday at the Ingersoll Community Center, 177 Myrtle Avenue (corner of Prince Street) in Downtown Brooklyn.

For more information or join the committee, contact Cheryl McCary at (718) 852-2960 x. 303 or Valery Jean at valery at furee dot org

Public Housing Residents: All Out for NYCHA Annual Plan - FINAL HEARING

When: Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 5:30pm - 8:00pm

Borough of Manhattan Community College

199 Chambers Street

New York, NY 10038


Join FUREE, allied organizations, and public housing residents from across NYC TOMORROW for the final hearing of NYCHA's Draft Annual Plan for the coming year.

This is your chance to hold NYCHA accountable to our community demands for repairs, respect, jobs, open community centers, and greater accountability. Read more »

Campaigns: Public Housing

Know Your Rights Workshop for NYCHA Residents

When: Friday, February 21, 2014 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Ingersoll Community Center - 177 Myrtle Ave (by Prince St.)

  • Are you being asked to relocate, “right-size” or face eviction?
  • Do you need repairs in your apartment?
  • Do you have an appearance date at 250 Broadway and don’t know if it’s time to get legal support?

LEARN ABOUT YOUR HOUSING RIGHTS AS A NYCHA TENANT AND ASK QUESTIONS FROM EXPERIENCED LAWYERS.  This will be a participatory workshop.  There may be time afterwards for residents to meet briefly with an attorney to discuss private legal matters. Read more »

Campaigns: Public Housing

ACTION ALERT: People's Hearing to Save NYCHA!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 4:30pm


To make up for years of playing around with its money & budget cuts stemming from sequestration, NYCHA plans to: Read more »

Campaigns: Public Housing
FUREE In the Media

Stop & Frisk Trial: Day 16

WBAI/Pacifica Radio, 04/11/2013 -

This was fourth week of the Stop and Frisk trial, Floyd v. City of New York, the federal class action lawsuit filed by the Center for Constitutional Rights. On Wednesday NYCHA residents packed the court, then held a rally outside the courthouse to highlight the impact of stop and frisk on public housing residents. WBAI's Linda Perry has been following the trial and rallies outside the court. She filed this report.

CLICK HERE for audio. Read more »

Campaigns: Public Housing

ACTION ALERT: Public Housing Against Stop & Frisk

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 9:30am - 4:00pm

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Campaigns: Public Housing

ACTION ALERT: Are You Next???

Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

The New  York City Housing Authority revealed they will allow private developers to build 12 luxury housing developments on parking lots, playgrounds, community centers and other open space in Manhattan.

The history of development in NYC tells us that Brooklyn could be next! Read more »

Campaigns: Public Housing

ACTION ALERT: Help Re-open the Gowanus Community Center!

Gowanus Houses, Brooklyn, NY
Help in the fight to reopen the Gowanus Community Center!

The Center is where FUREE set up relief efforts following the loss of heat, electricity and hot water following Hurricane Sandy. When relief efforts ended, the Center went right back to doing what it did: nothing.

Volunteers are needed to help survey residents on what programs they would like to see there.

Workshop: Know Your Public Housing Rights!

When: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 4:30pm - 6:00pm

With all this talk about privatization, right-sizing, lack of repairs and new management, it's time we arm ourselves with information and KNOW OUR PUBLIC HOUSING RIGHTS!

Join FUREE for a FREE workshop with Brent Meltzer of South Brooklyn Legal Services and learn what you need to know about:

- non-payment evictions
- termination of tenancy (eviction) for criminal and other activities
- slow and no repairs
- are you paying too much rent?
- apartment succession (passing on your lease)
Read more »

Campaigns: Public Housing
FUREE In the Media

City's, NYCHA door-to-door campaigns late or non-existant after Hurricane Sandy

Amsterdam News, 11/15/2012 -

Browsing through the large stacks of report-back sheets from People’s Relief volunteers in Coney Island, it was clear that food, safety, health and other life-threatening issues were still being faced almost two weeks after Hurricane Sandy knocked out power and flooded much of the area.

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Campaigns: Public Housing
FUREE In the Media

No Land Grab: Residents, Advocates React to NYCHA Private Investment Plan

Fort Greene-Clinton Hill Patch, 10/02/2012 -

For residents of Whitman, Ingersoll and Farragut Houses, news last week of New York City Housing Authority's plan to lease some of its real estate holdings to private developers brought back old anxieties over the future of the nation's largest public housing system.

Campaigns: Public Housing
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