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Stop NYCHA from closing the Action Center in the Rockaways
The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), is trying to close down all relief efforts at the Action Center by Dec 28th. If the Action Center closes, residents will die. We need to stop NYCHA from closing the Action Center. Following hurricane Sandy, the Action Center, a non-profit organization that has served the Rockaway community for over 12 years, morphed into a relief center that has become a lifeline to local residents. In a herculean effort, backed by several grassroots volunteer groups and supported by generous donations, in the past 2 months the Action Center has provided essential goods (food, diapers, formula, space heaters, dehumidifiers, cribs and mattresses by the thousands, etc.), as well as financial, medical and legal support to 600-800 residents every day. The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), is trying to close down all relief efforts at the Action Center within a week, for an unspecified duration. Formally, the reason is cleaning, so far unscheduled and potentially only starting in late January. NYCHA have rejected without discussion any suggestions that would allow relief efforts to be maintained up to when cleaning starts, and then concomitant cleaning and relief operations, such as room-by-room cleaning or administration of relief from heated tents that are on the premises. The Action Center's relief work is a matter of life and death for some of the residents, including elderly and infants that are suffering the most. Last week, minutes after the meeting with NYCHA, the Action Center’s medical clinic treated a mother of 4 who was diagnosed with a heart attack and rushed to the emergency room. A not an uncommon occurrence at the Action Center. It is hard to think of what would have happened had the building been cleared, or what will happen when it is. Every day of its closure would literally cost lives. We seek your help in convincing NYCHA to allow the Action Center to continue its essential operations up to and during the cleaning work, according to any of a number of possible workarounds. Please sign our petition and spread the word to your press contacts --- the public should be informed, and allowed to intervene on behalf of NYC residents in need. -- Visit www.theactioncenter.com to learn more about the Action Center, including online donations.