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MSCC HOMELESS & HOUSING MEETING RECAP: TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 2024  

MSCC, Sharon Jasprizza, Posted: May 30, 2024

SUMMARY

Jodie Leidecker, Cooper Square Committee: opposes S6352/A6772 Local Regulated Housing Restoration Adjustments at an Individual Apartment Improvement rate or a taxpayer-supported repair fund for landlord-neglected buildings. Layla Law-Gisiko, DL75/A: Open New York market themselves as housing proponents, but this may not be true. The NEW YORK STATE MULTIPLE DWELLING LAW (page 16) states Floor area ratio (FAR). The floor area ratio (FAR) of any dwelling or dwellings on a lot shall not exceed 12.0. There is a battle to lift the Cap at the state level CB1 and CB5. The speculative market thus hyperinflates itself. Vittoria Fariello, Founding Member of the Coalition for 5WTC: NYS is subsidizing, via the 421A program, developers to build minuscule amounts of affordability. Mark Natanawan, Tenant organizer: the 7A process needs to be sped up, and there needs to be more money put into the program; Marc Kessler, long-term resident of rent-controlled building: it’s essential to know which elected officials want to stop 7A. Receivership has taken away the management from Ohebshalom, one of the worst landlord abuse cases, who purposely allowed his building to dilapidate. Our governments attempt to demolish and end public housing.

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Homeless & Housing Meeting Agenda: Tuesday, June 4, 2024

(MSCC) June 4, 2024, Time: 9:30 am-10:30 am, Location: ZOOM.US

SUMMARY

This meeting’s topics:  GCN-MainChance Multi Service Center, is threatened by Mayor Adam’s budget cuts. Operating for 35-years they’ve served people who have been displaced by our economic system; the eviction cycle continues, we’re speaking with advocates on the ground about the court process, and someone who nearly avoided displacement. We’re also discussing Chelsea’s zoning implemented the 1996 Chelsea 197a plan, how it has developed since then, and how the NYCHA proposal’s alternatives relate to it.

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MSCC HOMELESS & HOUSING MEETING AGENDA: TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 2024  

MSCC, Sharon Jasprizza, May 28, 2024

SUMMARY

Jodie Leidecker, Cooper Square Committee: opposes S6352/A6772 Local Regulated Housing Restoration Adjustments at an Individual Apartment Improvement rate or a taxpayer-supported repair fund for landlord-neglected buildings. Layla Law-Gisiko, DL75/A: Open New York market themselves as housing proponents, but this may not be true. The NEW YORK STATE MULTIPLE DWELLING LAW (page 16) states Floor area ratio (FAR). The floor area ratio (FAR) of any dwelling or dwellings on a lot shall not exceed 12.0. There is a battle to lift the Cap at the state level CB1 and CB5. The speculative market thus hyperinflates itself. Vittoria Fariello, Founding Member of the Coalition for 5WTC: NYS is subsidizing, via the 421A program, developers to build minuscule amounts of affordability. Mark Natanawan, Tenant organizer: the 7A process needs to be sped up, and there needs to be more money put into the program; Marc Kessler, long-term resident of rent-controlled building: it’s essential to know which elected officials want to stop 7A. Receivership has taken away the management from Ohebshalom, one of the worst landlord abuse cases, who purposely allowed his building to dilapidate. Our governments attempt to demolish and end public housing.

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HOMELESS & HOUSING MEETING RECAP: TUESDAY, MARCH 5, 2024  

MSCC, Sharon Jasprizza, 9.30 AM, Zoom

SUMMARY: Steven King, DHS, kingst@dhs.nyc.gov, NYC has taken in over 180,000 people since the migrant crisis started. Arielle Hersh, UHAB, Director of Policy and New Projects. And Elise Goldin, New Economy Project, COPA and TOPA policies have been successful around the country since the 1980s. 

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Homeless And Housing Meeting: Tuesday, May 7, 2024  

(MSCC) Posted: April 25, 2024, Event Date: May 7, 2024, Time: 9:30 am-10:30 am, Location: ZOOM.US

SUMMARY

This meeting’s topics:  Rakell Washington & Ana Pluchinatta discusses the Department of Building’s Office of Tenant Advocate (OTA) and how they may support tenants with construction complaints; Harvey Montague, AIA, Montague & Associates, Architecture Urban Design talks conceptual design to support the public.

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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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