affordable housing

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Petition to WSH Management & Meta Housing Corporation

Stop the Rent Increases on Tenants of Metro @ Chinatown Senior Lofts!

This petition is on behalf of Metro @ Chinatown Residents Organization (MACRO), the self organized tenant association of the Metro @ Chinatown Senior Lofts residents To: WSH Management & Meta Housing Corporation In the first week of July, tenants in the 120 units of the Metro @ Chinatown Senior Lofts were hit with an 8% rent increase beginning August 1, 2018. The 8% increase is on top of a 3% increase last year, the largest annual increase ever for this building. Located at 808 N Spring Street in Los Angeles, the Metro @ Chinatown Senior Lofts is billed as affordable senior housing and is subsidized by tax credits and loans provided by the government, including the Los Angeles Housing Department. All of the tenants at Metro @ Chinatown Lofts are low-income. Most residents are elderly Chinese people and on fixed incomes, and many are disabled with limited options for living accommodations. The large rent increase came as a total surprise to the residents, especially as they were given only 30 days notice. The new rental rates at Metro @ Chinatown Lofts are more than its residents can bear. Senior tenants moved into Metro @ Chinatown Lofts because it was marketed to active 55 and over individuals with low-incomes or fixed incomes. They believed it was a true low-income building that had rent stabilization. Chinatown is the second lowest income area of Los Angeles. This building is many peoples’ last refuge before homelessness. This unacceptable rent increase will have unintended and harmful consequences on the residents. Building residents have come together to seek relief from this illogical action and want this determination to be reversed: No resident should have to move because they can’t afford the rent increase. No rent increase should go into effect without 90 days notice. An 8% annual increase is excessive and should be rolled back. We, the undersigned, support the residents of the Metro @ Chinatown Senior Lofts and call on the owners and management of the building to respect the tenants’ legitimate demands. --- 此致WSH管理及Meta房產公司 本月第一星期,市區華阜老人公寓超過120個租戶受到2018.8.1起漲租8%的沉重打擊。這漲租8%的事更是疊在去年漲租3%之上,成為這棟建築物有史以來最大的漲幅。華阜老人公寓位於808號洛杉磯北噴泉街,它是個負擔得起的老人公寓,享有政府稅收及貸款補貼,包括市政府居住部在內。 老人公寓的租戶全是低收入戶。大部份是華裔,收入固定,好些人是殘障,可依靠的謀生技能有限。這次大幅度漲租對租戶是全然意外,何況還加上30天限期。 老人公寓的租戶付不起這樣的新租。老年人所以當初搬進市區華阜老人公寓,就是因為它標榜收55歲或以上的低收入或固定收入者。租戶相信它真的是低收入戶公告寓,租金穩定。 華阜是洛杉磯倒數第二的收入區。這棟公寓是人們變成露宿街頭前的最後歸宿。如今不合理的漲租對租戶是意外的、有害的。 租戶團結起來要求解除並收回這個不合理的漲租行動: *     租戶不能因付不起所漲的租金而被迫遷出。 *     漲租通知有效期為90日。 *     一年漲租8%太過分,應取消。 我們謹簽署,支持市區華阜老人公寓的租戶,並呼籲該公寓的地主及經理尊重租戶的合理要求。

Chinatown Community For Equitable Development
286 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to IHCDA

Save the Wheeler Arts Community

To IHCDA and whomever it may concern:   On Tuesday, June 26th 2018, Southeast Neighborhood Development Corp (SEND) is scheduled to close on a real estate transaction, selling the Wheeler Community Arts Center to Core Redevelopment, which plans to convert the affordable housing units to market-rate apartments. In order to preserve some of final remaining affordable housing opportunities in the Fountain Square neighborhood, we urge you to do everything within your power to intercede and postpone this closing until the details listed below can be further reviewed.   1. SEND failed to mention its intention to monetize the remaining equity in the real estate by selling the building. Throughout the request they insist that their intent is to “achieve much-needed financial stability while continuing to provide affordable housing to Indianapolis residents.”2. As a result of the RFP that SEND released appx 6 months after IHCDA granted the affordability exemption, SEND received multiple offers that did manage to preserve the Wheeler’s affordability, however, the board opted to sell to a market-rate developer as it netted the organization more cash than the non-market-rate offers. 3. SEND’s request claimed “the economic viability of the property is poor and cannot be improved (or even maintained) under its current rental structure.” It was represented to the board of directors by staff and board leadership that the property had a NOI of $11,131 in 2017. However, upon further investigation, it was found that the property’s current commercial lease income, totaling nearly $50,000 annually, were excluded from this calculation. 4. Furthermore, the assertions that the economic viability“cannot be improved” and that the property “has generally operated above 90% occupancy” are inaccurate. The property currently has an additional 15,000sf of monetizable commercial space that it is intentionally keeping vacant, at the request of the purchaser, in order to make the sale and redevelopment of the property less complicated. Additionally, SEND presently pays no rent for its office space located at the property. The value of this lease is at least $20,000 annually, which is the amount SEND offered to pay the purchaser to continue leasing its office space after the building closing. This figure ought to be included in the NOI calculation in order establish an accurate and complete assessment of financial viability.5. SEND has made the argument that they are not required to include the commercial income in its NOI calculation. However, they still include all the operating expenses from this space, which is a large reason the NOI is so low in the first place6. I do not disagree with the assessment that the Wheeler Campus has $312,200 in deferred maintenance needs. However, in making the case for non-viability to the SEND board of directors, staff and board leadership inflated this number to over $1,900,000, which I believe is a grossly misleading exaggeration.7. SEND claims that “it is very unlikely that the Owner will be able to secure a mortgage loan that is sufficient to address critical repairs and deferred maintenance as required by a new lender. However, SEND never even tried. Also, the idea that it would be prohibitively difficult to find a lender willing to refinance a nearly debt-free, 70,000sf building in Fountain Square is absurd. Most if not all of the respondents to the RFP had multi-faceted financing packages that, in addition to traditional mortgage financing, utilized funding from a vast array of sources, including but not limited to HUD funds, grants from INHP and CICF, LIHTC dollars, etc.8. The claim that are market-rate rents are “approximately the same as current 60% AMI rents” is wildly inaccurate. At the time this statement was made, the 60% AMI rents at the Wheeler were consistently rented for appx $634/ mo, and the building’s 2 market-rate units, which were similar in size and amenities, rented for $1015 and $1256, respectively. 9. In its closing statement, SEND concludes that “by transitioning the project to a market-rate community, the project can be stabilized, refinanced and maintained so that it can continue to provide high-quality, affordable housing for residents of the community, all without adverse impact on the affordable housing market.” Common sense along with the information contained in this appeal establish more than sufficient basis for our claim that this statement is blatantly false and woefully misleading.   All of the facts and numbers stated in this appeal were pulled directly from SEND’s cashflow statements, rent rolls, and supplemental documents that are a matter of public record. We are happy to provide assistance in guiding you through the piles of confusing paperwork   Sincerely, Concerned neighbors and advocates for affordable housing and equitable transit-oriented development

Tad Aschliman
1,680 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Seattle City Council, Seattle Office of Planning and Community Developement, Mayor Jenny Durkan, Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections

Stop Luxury Housing at Talaris and Build Housing for Everyone

 Who?  A couple of months ago, inspired by the fantastic organizing for housing at Fort Lawton near Discovery Park, we formed Affordable Talaris. We want to ensure that Seattle uses all of its land for the most equitable purposes and the most just outcomes. We believe Seattleites can work together to address racial and economic desegregation. We passionately support development without displacement. We would love you to join us in these efforts.  What? We urge the City Council to deny permits to Quadrant Homes for the current proposal at Talaris in Laurelhurst. Despite sitting in the heart of a growing city in desperate need of affordable housing, this location is slated to host 60 suburban-style homes — starting at 2 million each — with no affordable units whatsoever. Why? Please read our op-ed in The Stranger (Guest Editorial: Luxury Homes for Rich People or Housing for Everyone? May 2, 2018) If you've been to a land use hearing in the last 10 years, you've no doubt heard homeowners declare that they're not against development, but they want to do it right. Affordable Talaris organizers believe development should provide many more people with the opportunity to live near sought-after schools, abundant open space, grocery stores, a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line, two major regional hospitals, the most useful bike trail in the city, and a major state employer, the University of Washington. During a global climate crisis we want many more people to be able to walk, bike, or bus to the Husky Stadium LINK light rail station. Building much more housing on or near Talaris is a chance to do development right. Lack of permanently affordable and workforce housing in the current Talaris plan means more displacement in places like South Seattle where communities of color don't have the resources to fight with lawyers. Our housing solutions can be fair and just with considerations for geographic equity. Laurelhurst residents have seen their home values--and their net worth--rise by more than $700,000 in the last decade.  Why should Seattle's richest neighborhoods be allowed to reserve spots for only the wealthy? We collectively scratch our heads and ask each other, “It doesn’t have to be this way, does it?” What do we want? Let’s work together for more welcoming, eco-friendly, sustainable, and equitable cities. Once luxury houses are built at Talaris, we are stuck with them for generations. Seattle will regret it. We urge the City Council to deny permits to Quadrant Homes for the current proposal. Let’s implement an equitable development outreach plan. This city can't afford to let inequitable developments move forward on lots this large without evaluating how more people, more jobs, and more students impact the need for homes in Northeast Seattle. Let’s ensure that more people have access to the natural beauty and historic buildings at Talaris and beyond. The best time to act on an equitable development plan for Talaris was many years ago, but it is not too late to act now. Who has attended Affordable Talaris events? Affordable Talaris’ meetings have generated interest from the Department of Neighborhoods, Seattle City Council staff, two recent mayoral candidates, and the president of the Laurelhurst Community Council. Other attendees included climate scientists, climate justice activists from 350 Seattle and Sierra Club, tenants’ rights advocates, building professionals, students, and citizen journalists. We have held four public meetings and a well-attended walking tour of the site. What other sites are you looking at and how do they compare to Fort Lawton? Check out this comparison of Fort Lawton in Magnolia, Talaris, and the Roosevelt Reservoir sites. How should people contact you to get involved or attend your next event? Please read more about us. We invite anyone to attend our meetings and acknowledge that equitable development planning should be led by the people most impacted by housing insecurity. To learn more about Affordable Talaris, please read our values document. Email or find us on Facebook to get involved.  We stand in solidarity with efforts throughout Seattle that are led by the people most impacted by housing insecurity and climate injustice. We acknowledge that Seattle is on the stolen land of the Coastal Salish tribes, including the unrecognized Duwamish peoples, as well as the Muckleshoot peoples. Stay tuned for action alerts. 

Affordable Talaris
356 supporters