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Homeless & Housing Meeting Agenda: February 6th, 2024

(MSCC) John Mudd, Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2024  

SUMMARY

This meeting will focus on the rising homeless numbers, alternative to demoting the Elliot Chelsea and Fulton House buildings, and hearings on the perimeters for Related and NYCHA’s demolition Impact statement.

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

POLICY MEETING UPDATES

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

3 min

COUNCIL HIGHLIGHTS

Council’s progress report on actions and initiatives.

  • Farms
  • Web
  • Healthcare (medicare) Committee
  • Vornado / ESD Development / Community-led plan
  • For The Greater Good Forums (4)
  • Other

5 min

SPECIAL INTRODUCTION(S) AND OR UPDATES: 

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

  • Elected officials/agencies—updates
  • Katy Lesell, Right To Counsel
  • Daniel Pichinson, Ryan Chelsea Clinton—updates 
  • Rue Parkin, HelpNYC—updates
  • Alex Yong, WSNA NYC, Member of the End Apartment Warehousing Coalition—Updates
  • Charisma White
  • Midori Yamamura, Rob Robinson, Unhomeless NYC
  • Others
  • New attending members?

10 min

RISING HOMELESSNESS 

Speaker: Tamara Felix, CUC—Updates

10 min

UNHOMELESS NYC EXIBITION

Speakers: Midori Yamamura, Rob Robinson

5 min

DEMOLITION ALTERNATIVES TO THE ELLIOT CHELSEA  AND FULTON HOUSE 

Related and NYCHA plans to end public housing. They have plans to reduce people’s protections and demolish their homes. We’re strategizing to educate, coalesce, organize, and stop the sell off public housing. David Goldstein will show us it’s unnecessary to demolish the building. 

Speaker: David Goldstein, PE, Hydronic Shell Technology

30 min

PUBLIC CONCERNS

  • Immediate needs?
    • Charisma White

5 + min

ACTIONS

  • Summary
  • Additional Requests
    • Letter writing campaign, press releases

2 min

ANNOUNCEMENTS / EVENTS

  • Additional announcements from new attendees, committee members, elected officials, others 
  • MSCC’s Forums
  • Last words?

2 min

DEVELOPING INITIATIVES & PROGRAMS

  • Forums: Health, Housing, and Development
  • Rally to highlighting the inequities and bad policies
    • Locations: Midtown near Port Authority, Hudson Yards, NYCHA, Penn Station
  • One Stop Shop
  • Hurt Committee
  • 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

AOB

  • 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
    • 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 Riker’s Island 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 5, 2024
    • Always the 1st Tuesday of every month (We’ll be introducing Common Point’s services)

2 min

Contact hello@midtownsouthcc.org or john.mudd@usa.net for more information and Zoom invitations.