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Homeless and Housing

Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Time: 9:30 am-10:30 am

Location: We will meet via video conference using ZOOM.US (See how to Zoom page. 3)


This meeting will emphasis nationwide coalition building. The Right to Counsel’s phone banking needs, and building coalitions for change.

CHAIR: John Mudd


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)


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

12 min


The prior 8:30 Homeless and Housing Policy meeting wrap-up as presented by attending members.

4 min


Council’s progress report on actions and initiatives.

  • Web
  • Healthcare (medicare) Committee: Our system of healthcare: Building coalitions to makes changes in our dysfunctional corporate care and the Mayor’s Advantage Care plan expected outcomes
  • Vornado / ESD Development vs community-led plan
  • Other

4 min


The below list of intros and updates are brief; everyone is welcomed to present for a planned lengthier discussion

  • Elected officials/agencies—updates
  • Nicole Krishtul, comptroller Office
  • Daniel Pichinson, Ryan Chelsea Clinton—updates 
  • Rue Parkin, HelpNYC—updates
  • Richard Vernon, Exec Director, Open Hearts Initiatives counteracting NIMBY-ism throughout the city (see The City’s article here)
  • Shower Power, 
  • Alex Yong, WSNA NYC, Member of the End Apartment Warehousing Coalition—Updates, initiatives
  • Ted Houghton, President of Gateway, Housing initiatives
  • Layla Gisiko, CB5, Land Use Committee, Community-led plan
  • Christopher Policano, Tom Ferrugia, The Broadway League: Casinos in Times Square
  • Bennett Reinhardt, Open Hearts Initiative, update
  • Allen Oster, Bayview Chelsea, 550 West 20th Street, Proposed Supportive Housing Development
  • New Members?

10 min


US Inter-Agency Council on Homelessness (USICH) US Inter-Agency potential impact and partnership

Speaker: Rob Robinson, Professor, activist

10 min


  • Kimberly Gargan, Project Manager, New York Hotel Trades Council & Hotel Association of New York City, Inc.,  Employee Benefit Funds
  • Charisma, Julie, Janice, and Lupe’s update, needs and progress
  • West 55 Street block encampments
  • Other concerns

5 min


  • Requests
  • Summary


  • Last words?
  • Additional announcements from new attendees, committee members, elected officials, others

2 min


  • Phone banking support

Speaker(s): Katy Lasell, Right To Council

5 min


  • Rally to highlighting the inequities and bad policies
    • Locations: Midtown near Port Authority, Hudson Yards, NYCHA, Penn Station
  • One Stop Shop
  • Objectives/Mission/Vision: MSCC is busily restructuring to become more effective in accomplishing its goals and making plans for the coming new year to complete their:
    • Mission: Midtown South Community Council strives to dismantle the causes of homelessness by building an equitable, just, and sustainable social infrastructure to ensure dignity, health, and home for all. 
    • Vision: Midtown South Community Council envisions a city where homelessness and poverty are eradicated
  • Committees: Managing our overwhelming tasks together with our intersecting network. If anyone wants to be involved with building committees to serve programs and projects of mutual interests (Housing, Urban Farming, Education & Awareness, healthcare, incarceration, workshops, health access, Home Improvement, communications/social media messaging, Midtown Street Sheets…), please let us know
  • Street Sheets; New batch printed

4 min


  • Topic Suggests:
    • Illusion of Choice: How Source of Income Discrimination and Voucher Policies Perpetuate Housing Inequality, UnlockNYC
    • Charisma White (MSCC), what does deeply affordable housing mean, how long will this take and what locations are you looking at
    • Network marketing and communications committee (suggestion)
    • Planning committee with mount Sinai about their unused wings (suggested)
    • Prison to shelter and back again
    • Policing the problem away; 50% of the jail population are mentally ill
  • Speaker Suggestions: All suggestions are welcomed
  • New Members: Thank you for joining, feel free to tell us your needs, schedule a presentation, and connect with anyone within this network
  • NEXT Meeting Homeless and Housing Meeting: 9:30 AM Tuesday, April 4, 2023
    • Always the 1st Tuesday of every month

2 min

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