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NYCHA Tenants Say that the Demolition of Public Housing in Chelsea is a Developer Land Grab that is a Recipe for Displacement: Rally/Press Conference before Manhattan Board 4’s Full Board to explain to CB4 and media that the process has not been resident-led, nor democratic

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NYCHA Tenants Say that the Demolition of Public Housing in Chelsea is a Developer Land Grab that is a Recipe for Displacement: Rally/Press Conference before Manhattan Board 4’s Full Board to explain to CB4 and media that the process has not been resident-led, nor democratic.

[NEW YORK, NY, July 25th] —- Tenants of the New York City Housing Authority’s Elliott-Chelsea and Fulton Houses, housing advocates and concerned residents from the community, will be holding a rally/press conference before the Manhattan Community Board 4’s Full Board Meeting, Wednesday July 26th at 6pm, on the The High Line Entrance at West 14th Street and 10th Avenue in Chelsea.

(1) Tenants will ask CB4 for their support and for a board resolution demanding that the Fulton and Elliott-Chelsea Developments be repaired, not demolished. In 2019, CB4 was part of the Chelsea Working Group that concluded that Fulton Houses should be repaired, not demolished. Tenants are asking CB4 to honor their prior commitment and stand on the side of NYCHA tenants as well as other institutions like The Legal Aid Society and Community Services Society that recently came out against the demolition — stating the plan was not resident-led and guaranteed to uproot thousands of vulnerable New Yorkers who have resided in the community for decades.

(2) Tenants will also testify that the developers’ “build first” approach will guarantee displacement. In this model, 6% of households in Fulton 11 and Chelsea Addition would have to be temporarily relocated since the construction of their new apartments would not yet be completed. This includes a building occupied entirely by seniors, who would be facing displacement for an undoubtedly lengthy period of time.

(3) Tenants will also testify that the survey — which is not a binding agreement — was not resident-led and was silent on the fact that two of the three options neglected to state that (a) the buildings were to be demolished, and (b) that 2,500 market-rate apartments were to be built. Many tenants did not even receive the survey to participate.

(4) Tenants will also testify about the ongoing harassment by both Fulton and Elliott-Chelsea TA Presidents Miguel Acevedo and Darlene Waters, who have been caught on video bullying tenants organizers when flyer-ing, as well as documented by CBS News. Tenants also have been shut out of resident-engagement meetings for being deemed “troublemakers who ask too many questions.” Both are in violation of NYCHA bylaws and regulations on tenant collective organization.

“We are not naive,” said George Weaver, a tenant at Fulton Houses. “It’s quite clear that the developers want to annex public housing for luxury development and displace long-term residents who are seniors, disabled and low and middle income workers who are predominantly people of color. That’s a recipe for displacement, homelessness and death, and must be stopped,” said Weaver. “We are asking for the support of Community Board 4, who in 2019 was against the demolition of Fulton Houses. We ask them now to stand with us and make good on their promise.”

Date :  Wed, July 26th, 2023

Time :  6pm to 6:30pm (before CB4’s Full Board Meeting which begins at 6:30pm. Tenants will then speak at the public hearing portion of the meeting after the rally)

Place :  The High Line Entrance at West 14th Street and 10th Avenue in Chelsea

Concerned NYCHA Residents is a group of Fulton and Elliott-Chelsea tenants, activists and concerned neighbors, who oppose the demolition of NYCHA complexes of Fulton and Elliott-Chelsea. We exist to give our tenant community a meaningful voice, as well as educate residents on the harmful consequences that demolition and privatization bring, often on vulnerable low and middle-income people of color that are cut out of the decision-making process. We reject the decision to demolish public housing because it makes displacement highly probable and gives public assets to private developers, that are more concerned with profit than the lives of NYCHA residents.