On November 15, thirteen elected officials representing residents of communities near Forest City Ratner’s Atlantic Yards project came together to demand a new agreement for affordable housing at the site as a condition approving Forest City’s proposed sale of a majority interest in the plan to a foreign developer.
The representatives called for a court-ordered study of alternatives to be completed to make sure Brooklynites and the people of New York State get the best deal possible for their tax dollars. And they called for representative oversight of the project going forward to make sure this time promises are kept.
Now it’s your turn. Sign this online petition to speak up with more than a dozen local elected officials in demanding Governor Cuomo not allow Forest City to take its money out of Atlantic Yards without real guarantees that the promises it made for hundreds of millions in public subsidies will be kept.
SIGN THE PETITION
Dear Governor Cuomo:
Forest City Ratner promised the people of Brooklyn 2,250 affordable apartments at the Atlantic Yards project in exchange for hundreds of millions in public subsidies. Then it pushed back completing that housing for 25 years. Now Forest City wants to pull its money out of the project by selling a majority interest to a foreign developer.
That’s an outrage to thousands of families in danger of displacement, and it’s a raw deal for the taxpayers of New York State.
Brooklyn’s elected officials have said the State should allow the sale only if there are new guarantees for affordable housing to be delivered when originally promised and appropriate oversight to make sure they’re enforced. I agree, and call on you to direct the Empire State Development Corporation not to let the deal move forward until those conditions are met.
The EMPIRE STATE DEVELOPMENT in conjunction with BROOKLYN COMMUNITY BOARDS 2, 6 & 8 invite you to an informational meeting on the design of “B2″, the first residential building at Atlantic Yards, which will be 50% affordable. Representatives of the developer will make a presentation and answer questions.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Brooklyn Borough Hall – Courtroom
209 Joralemon St., Brooklyn
For more information contact Arana Hankin, Director, Atlantic Yards Project at AtlanticYards@esd.ny.gov.
Please note: This meeting will present the design for the new building, no applications will be taken for the affordable housing.
Community Counseling and Mediation (CCM), Georgia’s Place, located at 961 Prospect Place (at Bedford Avenue), has one low-income apartment available for an individual whose income falls between the range of $24,800 to 33,660 annually. CCM has been trying to find an occupant for the apartment since January 2012 to no avail. If you or anyone you know is in need of permanent, stable, and affordable housing, please contact CCM at 718-802-0666.
Calling tenants from Brooklyn and Queens:
- Are you tired of soaring rents?
- Is your community facing the pressures of gentrification?
- Do you believe tenants need stronger protections NOW?
Come to a town hall meeting on tenants’ rights and housing affordability. Dinner will be provided.
Wednesday, May 23, 6PM
Lafayette Presbyterian, 85 S. Oxford St.
Crown Heights Community Mediation Center hosts FREE mobile clinic for housing legal assistance.
Are you facing FORECLOSURE?
Do you need FREE LEGAL HELP?
NYLAG WILL BE BRINGING ITS FREE MOBILE LEGAL CLINIC TO:
CHCMC (256 KINGSTON AVE.)
WEDNESDAY, May 16th
10 AM – 2 PM
CALL 718-773-6886 TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT
OR COME BY OUR OFFICE:
CROWN HEIGHTS COMMUNITY MEDIATION CENTER
256 KINGSTON AVE (BTW LINCOLN & ST JOHNS)
Please print out this flyer to post in the community
We are offering free assistance from VITA, NYLAG and Legal Aid with immigration, housing, and taxes. Let us know what legal services you think Crown Heights needs and we will work to bring it here.
Crown Heights Community Mediation Center
256 Kingston Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11213
Sponsor: Local Development Corporation of Crown Heights
Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 7pm – 9pm
First Baptist Church of Crown Heights
450 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11225
Tenants & Neighbors Coalition General Membership Meeting
2011 general membership meeting details:
Saturday, November 12
Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies
281 Park Avenue South
Please mark your calendars and plan to join T&N for this annual event. RSVP to: email@example.com or 212-608-4320 ext. 314.
About Tenants & Neighbors
Tenants & Neighbors is a grassroots organization that harnesses tenant power to preserve at-risk affordable housing and to strengthen and expand tenants’ rights in New York State. Through organizing, education, leadership development, and grassroots mobilization, Tenants & Neighbors is building a strong and unified tenant movement that has the knowledge and power to affect real change.
7th Annual Tenants Conference
Saturday, November 5
Fordham University School of Law
140 West 62nd Street (between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues)
Workshops on topics such as:
- finding affordable housing
- saving $$$ on energy bills
- housing benefits for seniors
- Section 8 & Mitchell-Lama
- organizing your building
- housing court
- New York State Homes & Community Renewal
- obtaining repairs
- knowing your tenant rights
- many more