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Homeless/Housing Meeting Agenda January 2, 2024

MSCC, Date: Tuesday, January 2, 2024, Time: 9:30 am-10:30 am

SUMMARY

This meeting will focus on, building a critical mass; efforts to stop the demolition of NYCHA and other updates; outcomes of the S2980S2943S1684, and S995 bills, February forums, and more.

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
  • Hydronic Shell Technologies / Alternative to Demolition
  • 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
    • Under a Tenant Association: Citation tenants have protection against eviction for a year if you are in a tenant association.* (source is BrickUnderground.com) 
  • Tamara Felix, CUC—Updates
  • Charisma White
  • Pastor Charmaine Moses — Updates
  • Others
  • New attending members

BUILDING CRITICAL MASS

  • Coalescing and communication
  • Other

Speaker: Susan Mendoza, Moravian House

TENANT BILLS: S2980S2943S1684, and S995

Sue Sussman describes 4 important bills for us to lobby our Governor to sign; Alex will walk us through the phone bank at the end of our meeting

Speaker(s): Alex Yong, Tenant advocate

15 min

SUBSTANTIAL (S129) REHABILITATION

Liz Krueger bill 2023/A3977 Renewal of Lease or or Deborah Glick’s bill S129 Substantial Rehabilitation

This Substantial Rehab reform bill by Glick /Krueger  gives a smart framework to expose (or thwart) landlords who 

“fake-say” they wish to raze a building,  with a DHCR filing for a “fake-raze” which later the landlords renege on (see more Addendum A)

2 min 

NYCHA

We’re following up from a recent meeting where Related and NYCHA discussed their plans to take over public housing. We’re strategizing to educate, coalesce, organize, and stop the sell off public housing.

Speaker(s): StopFECDemolition, Ramona Ferreyra, Save Section 9, Marquis Jenkins, and other coalition members

5 min

PUBLIC CONCERNS

  • Immediate needs?

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, Annual Networking Party
  • 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:
    • Hydronic Shell Technologies Alternatives to demolition
    • 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, February 6, 2023
    • 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.