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MSCC Homeless & Housing Meeting Agenda: Tuesday, April 2, 2024  

Time: 9:30 am-10:30 am, Location: We will meet via video conference using ZOOM.US

SUMMARY

This meeting’s topics: Jodie Leidecker, Cooper Square Committee discusses why we should oppose S6352/A6772 Local Regulated Housing Restoration Adjustments; Layla Law-Gisiko discusses Open New York (they market themselves as housing proponents, but that may not be the case); We’ll be discussing the Progress of 7A, receivership that’s taken away the management from Ohebshalom, one of the worst landlord abuse case, who has purposely allowing his building to dilapidate; and Relate and our gov attempts to demolish and end public housing.

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MSCC HOMELESS/HOUSING MEETING RECAP FEBRUARY 6, 2024

MSCC, Sharon Jasprizza, Posted: February 29, 2024

SUMMARY: David Goldstein, Licensed Professional Engineer in New York, as well as a LEED AP and WELL AP, Hydronic Shell Technology, is installed quickly and cost-effectively from the exterior to minimize tenant disruption; the modular HVAC and facade system dramatically improves building performance as well as occupant health and well-being. Midori Yamamura, Assistant Professor of Art History, CUNY Kingsborough: The UnHomeless NYC exhibition that began at “Kingsborough Community College Art Museum in 2022 addresses the stigma of homelessness by presenting socially engaging artworks using research and data. Tamara Felix, Community Affairs Coordinator, Manhattan Outreach Consortium (MOC): The main reason for homelessness is the lack of housing and the types of housing needed. Much of the housing available is dormitory style. This is not applicable or preferable for most people.

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MSCC HOMELESS/HOUSING MEETING RECAP JANUARY 2, 2024

MSCC, Sharon Jasprizza, 2.12.24

SUMMARY

Alex Yong, Westside Neighborhood Alliance: Housing updates for S2980S2943S1 684S995 and S129 Substantial Rehabilitation. Renee Keitt, NYCHA resident: Understanding the process of displacement at NYCHA because of RAD and PACT and the need to use appropriate language

CHAIR: John Mudd

WELCOME / INTRODUCTIONS

John Mudd, MSCC, welcomed new members and the New Year

POLICY MEETING UPDATES

There were no 8.30 AM Policy Meeting updates.

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HOMELESS AND HOUSING MEETING RECAP: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2023  

(MSCC) Sharon Jasprizza, January 2, 2024

SUMMARY

  • Tatiana Hill, Community Liaison, Office of the Community Liaison, Independent Monitor of the New York City Police Department: The Monitor Team focuses on the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk practices and trespass enforcement.Sue Susman, Attorney, Tenant Advocate, “A crucial part of solving the housing crisis is retaining the rent-stabilized housing stock that exists by Gov. Hochul signing S2980, S2943, S1684 and S995. Mark Natanawan, Tenant Organizer, Housing Conservation Coordinator (HCC): through the 7A Program, administrators are appointed by the Court (under New York State Law) to operate privately owned buildings that have conditions that are dangerous to the tenants’ life, health, and safety. Pete Diaz, Housing Advocate, Who can be a 7A receiver and issues with derelict buildings. Alex Yong, Westside Neighborhood Alliance, referred to Greg Baltz, a recent speaker at the MSCC Homeless and Housing meeting, who proposed language changes about the business practice of neglect to make profits bigger.

CHAIR: John Mudd

POLICY MEETING UPDATES

There were no 8.30 AM Policy Meeting updates.

NOVEMBER HIGHLIGHTS

  • On November 25, 2023, MSCC supported through its letter-writing campaign to advocate for Senator Brian Kavanagh Chair, of the Senate Housing Committee, Legislative Office Building, Room 512Albany, NY 12247, to prioritize the passage and funding of Statewide Right to Counsel legislation (May-S2721/Joyner-A1493) in the FY 2025 budget. State Senator Rachel May and Assemblymember Latoya Joyner’s proposed bill S. 2721 / A 1493 aims to extend the right to legal representation to individuals combating displacement throughout New York State, mirroring NYC’s Local Law 136, the Right to Counsel. #RightToCounsel #Advocacy
  • ? Exciting news! MSCC stands with The Coalition to End Apartment Warehousing & Housing Justice for All in their fight for affordable housing. In November 2023, we did a phone-in to Gov. Hochul urging her to sign four crucial tenant bills – S2980, S2943, S1684, and S995. Let’s end Frankensteining and preserve rent-stabilized units at honest rents statewide! #HousingJustice #AffordableHousing #TenantRight
  • MSCC’s November Giving Tuesday was launched in the first week of November 2023. Thank you to our generous supporter and to those still thinking  the request is still open at https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=ACQXGV3KKP8KW or mail your check to Midtown South Community Council at John Mudd, 331 West 38th Street, Suite 5, New York, NY 10018. #GivingTuesday #CommunitySupport #DonateNow
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HOMELESS AND HOUSING RECAP NOVEMBER 7, 2023

MSCC, Sharon Jasprizza, Posted January 21, 2023

SUMMARY

Nichele Carver, Senior Regional Advisor, US Interagency Council on Homelessness: Families are being removed from the regular shelter system and placed in migrant shelters where different rules apply. For instance, they must reapply for shelter every 60 days, risking homelessness if they fail to do so. This contradicts the Right to Shelter in New York. Charlie Dulik, Director of Organizing, Housing Conservation Coordinators: Building tenant associations to advance social and economic justice and for the rights of poor, low-income, and working individuals and families. Marquis Jenkins, Save Section 9, Christina Chaise, Save Section 9, Renee, FEC Tenants Against Demolition: RAD program (Rental Assistance Demonstration), and in NY, it’s called Permanent Affordability Commitment Together (PACT).

POLICY MEETING UPDATES

There were no Policy Meeting updates.

OCTOBER HIGHLIGHTS

  • MSCC is thrilled to highlight the remarkable achievements of all its members and networks in their ongoing efforts to combat food insecurity. Week after week, during the 2023 growing season, dedicated individuals work tirelessly to produce and distribute fresh food to those in need. One such example of their outstanding dedication occurred on October 12, 2023. On this day, the collective efforts of MSCC and its partners produced over 160 lbs of fresh fall vegetables. Squash, turnip greens, and carrots were just a few of the nutritious options grown by these passionate individuals. But the impact of their work extended far beyond the fields. MSCC collaborated with volunteers from two prominent organizations, Williem and Fae’s (Back Home) and VJay’s (Essex Food Hub), to ensure that these fresh vegetables reached their intended recipients. Together, they harvested, shipped, and distributed the produce to more than 100 families residing in New York City shelters
  • The week of October 16, 2023, was about providing for those in need. Thanks to Steinway Moving and Storage and Pace University, the MSCC furniture giveaway was a huge success! 460 pieces of furniture were delivered to New York Ethical/Culture (NYVHA Amsterdam), Bowery Mission, Acacia Networks, and Bowery Residents Committee. Shoutout to all the amazing volunteers who made it happen! #giveback # Tim Gurtner, Pat Biscardi, Steinway Staff, Mo Malekshahi (Pace University), and Meg Chapman
  • A late update: August 2023: MSCC has been working with a large coalition protecting Traditional Medicare, and in August 2023, we had another win on this front. Robert Rendo, PTPM (Protect Traditional Public Medicare) https://www.facebook.com/groups/148958687340733 reports on August 12, 2023, “I wanted to share with you some very critical news from the New York City Organization of Public Service Retirees, for whom I am an advisor: As of today, we won our final round (our sixth lawsuit) of primary litigation in NY State Supreme Court. The sixth case was given a TRO by the judge, but he has now gone beyond that and ruled (his final decision) in our favor, basically saying that we cannot be forced onto a Medicare Advantage plan and that the City cannot break both current municipal law and labor contracts that promise retirees to have their Medicare supplemental plan paid for by NYC. Even NY City Comptroller Brad Lander made a statement in our favor and would not sign off twice on the procurement of any Medicare Advantage plan.”Robert continues with, “Of course, we anticipate that Mayor Eric Adams of NYC will appeal this and/or try to get new city legislation passed to circumvent the judge’s decision, a tactic he has used every time and has failed at. Yet, we have also won in appellate court in 5 of the 6 cases. It remains to be seen if we will win this very final round in appellate court, and even if we do, it can be appealed to only one other court that’s even higher in NY State.”
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Homeless and Housing Meeting Agenda: Tuesday, December 5, 2023  

(MSCC) Event Date: December 5, 2023, Time: 9:30 am-10:30 am, Location: ZOOM.US

SUMMARY

This meeting will focus on 7A (a tool for chronically distressed buildings); NYCHA Updates, Office of the Community Liaison’s monitoring progress of policing; and the S2980S2943S1684, and S995 bills.

CHAIR: John Mudd

WELCOME / INTRODUCTIONS

We appreciate all suggestions to help us run this meeting proficiently.

  • Housekeeping (Zoom protocols) copying chat, muting, etc.
    • Signing in: Please sign in with your name and organization
  • Please email subject and speaker suggestions by the 15th of each month
  • Items to Triage: To give time to pressing topics, please forward items at least 24 hours prior to meetings
  • Introductions, welcoming new and old members (keeping it short and sweet)
  • Need someone to summarize actions and followup

PURPOSE

The Homeless and Housing members, attendees, and speakers share knowledge, ideas, and resources to identify problems and find solutions to the homeless crisis.

5 min

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MSCC Homeless and Housing Recap: October 3, 2023

(MSCC) Sharon Jasprizza, OCTOBER 3, 2023

SUMMARY

Natalie Naculich, Legislative Aide and Community Liaison (CB4), NYS Senator Brad HoylmanSiga1, (D, WF) 47TH SENATE DISTRICT, The LLC Transparency Act, (Senate Bill S8439B). Emma Villanueva, Program Director, Hudson

Family Residence-FM59 is a 100-unit family with children shelter. Alex Yong, West Side Neighborhood Alliance, The S 129 Bill stops Landlords from demolishing blocks when there is no intent to demolish but rather to move tenants out instead. Philip Malebranche, Care for the Homeless, is launching a campaign to support Homeless Protection Act Bill A 2191 A, introduced by M. of A. L. Rosenthal and Hevesi to designate certain offenses against homeless persons as hate crimes. 

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Homeless and Housing Agenda for November 7, 2023

MSCC, John Mudd, Event Date: November 7, 2023, Time: 9:30AM-10:30AM / ZOOM.US

SUMMARY

This meeting will focus on the national efforts on homeless and housing with Nichele Carver, US Interagency Council on Homelessness, Housing Conservation Coordinators efforts to support tenants, receiverships when a 7A (a tool for chronically distressed buildings) is enacted; NYCHA Tenant’s updates on demolition and development, and more.

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