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Homeless and Housing Agenda For February 1, 2022

(MSCC) John Mudd, Posted January 23, 2022

SUMMARY

Today’s meeting agenda is with an emphasis on Empire Station Complex Development, Landlord Abuses, Medicare vs. Managed Care, with the following updates on Adaptive Reuse: Hotels to Housing initiatives, developing committees: healthcare, the Healthcare Access and Coordination report’s mandates. 

The Homeless and Housing Meeting Agenda

Date: Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Time: 9:30 am-10:30 am

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

Chairperson(s): John Mudd

WELCOME / INTRODUCTIONS

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

  • Housekeeping (Zoom protocols) Signing in, copying chat, muting, etc.
  • Introductions, welcoming new members
  • 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

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

POLICY MEETING UPDATES

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

5 min 

SPECIAL INTRODUCTION(S) AND OR UPDATES: 

  • Updates from our committee members
  • Updates from our elected officials
  • Daniel Pichinson, Ryan Chelsea Clinton—updates
  • Richard Perkins, Housing Works—updates
  • Rue Parkin, HelpNYC
  • Lili Lopez, NY Connects, 646-457-5364 llopez@cidny.org connects people with any disability
  • Leslie Esplait, Senator’s Robert Jackson’s Office
  • Robert Seebeck, CB5 Info gathering
  • Philip Malebranche, Activist, Homeless Protection Act
  • New Members?

6 min

EMPIRE STATION DEVELOPMENT (ESD) 

Quick take: Government making deals with corporations furthering inequality and poor living conditions. 

  • Updates
  • Actions / developing actions
  • An opportunity to bring us closer together to oppose wealth extracting policies

Layla Law-Gisiko, CB5, Chair of the Land-use Committee

5 min

LANDLORD TENANT ISSUES

New York’s Worst Landlord Documentary reveals the tenant struggles with landlords.

  • Jeff Seal is comedian and documentary filmmaker based in Brooklyn, New York. His films and documentaries have been shown on HBO, The New York Times, The Discovery Channel, AJ+ and gothamist.com 
  • Jeff’s viral videos have millions of views, were twice selected for Vimeo Staff Picks, screened at international film festivals and have been featured on numerous TV clip shows around the world

5 min

OBJECTIVES / MISSION / VISION FOR THE NEW YEAR

MSCC is busily restructuring to become more effective in accomplishing its goals and planning for the new year: 

  • 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

2 min

COMMITTEES

Committees are important to complete our mission. Anyone wanting to be involved with any of our committees serving our programs (Housing, Urban Farm, Education & Awareness, etc.) and projects (communications, Medicare, Medicaid, Managed Care, health care enrollment, workshop development, Midtown Street Sheets, etc.) and more, please let us know.

  • Charts of committees
  • Developing committees
  • Startup committees (Housing, Health Access, Home Improvement, Communications/Social media Messaging, Street Sheets…)

2 min

ADAPTIVE REUSE: HOTELS TO HOUSING

Ted Houghton, President of Gateway Housing

2 min

RALLY HIGHLIGHTING THE INEQUITIES & BAD POLICY

Locations: Midtown near Port Authority, Hudson Yards, NYCHA, Penn Station

5 min

MSCC’s HEALTHCARE ACCESS & COORDINATION FOR NYC HOMELESS REPORT

Prioritizing and achieving our mandate: Medical respite beds, street medicine, hospital adjacent shelters, combating nimby, housing clinical coordinator, insurance (medicare) enrollment, record sharing, and housing

3 min

MEDICARE, MEDICAID VS MANAGED CARE

Medicare enrollment is a prioritized solution to resolving Homelessness in our Healthcare Access  & Coordination for NYC Homeless report

  • It’s important to provide proper care to our aging population

Maribel Ruiz, Nancy Pascal, Maya Contreras, Jennifer Mallicote , Sonya D, Nancy Young, Joycelyn Taylor

5 min

MEDICARE ENROLLMENT PLAN

Medicare Rights Fall Opening Enrollment: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Hpwg7t3EbN98_61PoKkdrZCldGDwdRwu/view

2 min

PUBLIC CONCERNS

  • We’re in search of support for a couple, 30-years or younger, struggling with mental health issues. Updates: Charisma White, John Mudd, Serafina Payne, LMSW
  • Other

6 min

ACTION LIST

  • Action requests
  • Summary of today’s actions

 3 min

PROGRAM UPDATES

  • Street Sheets
  • Urban Garden
  • Workshops / Workshop Street Sheets

3 min

ANNOUNCEMENTS / EVENTS

  • Other announcements from our committee members?
  • New Attendees 
  • Comments / announcements from our elected officials
  • Positive or developing stories

3 min

AOB

  • Topic Suggests:
    • Penn Station Expansion
    • Illegal Hotels
    • Talking points
    • Network marketing and communications committee (suggestion)
    • Planning committee with mount Sinai about their unused wings (suggested)
    • Prison to shelter
    • Community oversight
    • 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, March 1, 2022 
    • Always the 1st Tuesday of every month

3 min

Contact hello@midtownsouthcc.org for more information and your Zoom invitations.

ADDENDUM A: DEFINING HOUSING

DEFINING HOUSING

When advocating for housing rights with a focus on community, the below items are considered:

  • Shelters: Truly transitional; although purposeful, achieving our housing and community goals will eliminate or lessen the need
  • Medical Respite Beds: Health care unit for longer stay and transitioning to housing (see Addendum B: Medical Respite Bed Advocacy Plan)
  • SROs: Single Room Occupancy
  • Supportive: Accessorized with social services
  • Housing First: Unconditional placement
  • Really Affordable: Rentals below the medium wage of 55,000 and or below 30% of income (input)
  • Affordable: The market rate rentals currently available to people above the medium wage up to 88,000 with a 30% of income ask or higher (see Addendum x)
  • Option and Incentives for Home Owner