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housing crisis

106 petitions

Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to DC City Council, Deputy Mayor's Office for Planning and Economic Development, Dante's Partners, The Community Builders, Councilwoman Brianne Nadeau, Mayor Muriel Bowser, District of Columbia Housing Authority

TOPA/DOPA Rights & 1st Right to Return for Park Morton Residents

Park Morton has been slated for redevelopment for now 13 years since 2007. The District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA) has now decided to start pushing residents from the site to gentrify the community when there are working families on this site. The Resident Council President, Shonta' High sent a letter to HUD asking for the chance to avail ourselves for an opportunity to purchase & develop our property ourselves & were ignored by HUD at which time DCHA rushed their Demo/Dispo Application so that they can begin to voucher families off the property as swiftly as possible. The solution I presented was the Park Morton Equity Plan (PMEP). DCHA ignored that plan too! I gave them a viable working plan that would give residents homes, jobs, & even create opportunities for entrepreneurship, but DCHA ignored that as well. They are now using parts of the PMEP to benefit certain programs for the Southwest Family Enhancement Center & their Envision Center that does not help Park Morton Residents at this time as DCHA stopped Ms. High from having these exact same programs that were included in her equity plan at Park Morton to assist her residents in bettering themselves & preparing for this redevelopment. As for myself, I've fought for, cried for, bled for, cared for, lost sleep for, & literally died for & healed in this community. I've lived here 19 years & I'm raising 2 daughters. My oldest daughter who has come through the trenches of this place when it was the worst of the worst, yet she is shining like a diamond. She was age 12 when she traveled with People to People Student Ambassadors, she graduated middle school as Salutatorian, she graduated High School as class Historian & at the top of her class, she received 18 college offers, 10 automatic Acceptances, 7/10 were HBCU's, all 18 of them with Full-Ride Scholarship offers, & now she is finishing her Sophomore year of college at a school of Science & Tech studying Forensic Science. Why shouldn't we stay here after all we've been through? Why can't we own after she has worked so hard to achieve all of that & to prove all the stereotypes, stigmas, & naysayers wrong? We are not like what people think comes from the "projects," "the ghetto," "the hood," &/or "the slums." It only looks like this because DCHA has allowed it to become this way from the decades of neglect. We're good people stuck in a bad situation.  Last year, I was hit by a car on Rock Creek Church Road NW & while healing from my crash, I still called to conduct an "Interim Controls" (Lead Abatement) meeting that DCHA decided to host thinking that I wasn't going to find out about it. Yes, that's how much I love & care for my community. DCHA was not going to do anything to my residents without me knowing about it. I stayed on the phone listening while my entire Resident Council Board was present to watch & record everything DCHA was doing in my absence. I will continue to fight for my people, so please help me fight for them. DCHA has made it clear that they want Park Morton empty by December 2020. Where are we supposed to go? We're not leaving. Shonta' High, President of The Council @ Park Morton protested on 2-25-2020 & made the ABC 7 Live 5 pm evening news when protesting against being pushed out of the community. Sign this petition to help us prove to all of the government entities that we want & deserve to exercise our rights to have TOPA/DOPA Rights with homeownership with the 1st Rights to Return to our community when the redevelopment is completed. Support us in our fight. Make DCHA & our Gov't officials implement the Park Morton Equity Plan. You may see the PMEP pinned to the top of my Twitter @AmplyHigh. They displaced the Barry Farms families! Don't allow DCHA to displace us too!  DCHA = Displacement! Park Morton Is Ours! We Want To Stay! Build 1st, Not Later! TOPA Rights Are Our Rights!

Shonta High
409 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Nury Martinez, Bob Blumenfeld, Monica Rodriguez, Joe Buscaino, Nithya Raman, Paul Koretz, Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Paul Krekorian, John Lee, Mitch O'Farrell

Use Eminent Domain To Protect Hillside Villa Families From Homelessness!

We are the Hillside Villa Tenants' Association.  The Hillside Villa Apartments in Chinatown were built 30 years ago with millions of dollars of public money.  Since then, they’ve provided an affordable, stable home for 124 families. We have built a multicultural family.  We are Latinx, Black, and Asian immigrants. We are parents and small children. We are LGBTQ. We are elders with fixed incomes and chronic illnesses. Ever since our building’s affordability covenant expired in 2018, our extraordinarily wealthy slumlord, Tom Botz, has been trying to kick us out and replace us with market-rate tenants. We have been fighting off Botz’s 200% rent increases and retaliation for nearly three years, including through the devastating COVID-19 pandemic, to keep our building affordable for the hundreds of low-income people -- including elders and children -- who live here. When the city offered Botz $12.7 million to keep our homes affordable for just 10 more years, he refused. Botz has proven he will not negotiate in good faith. EMINENT DOMAIN BECAME OUR ONLY OPTION. This summer, LA City Council budget committee will vote on whether to borrow $46 million from the city’s nearly $700 million reserve fund towards making Botz an offer for Hillside Villa. If he rejects the offer, the eminent domain process will begin.  We need your help to get budget committee members Krekorian, Blumenfeld, De León, Price, and Rodriguez to vote YES to borrowing the funds! We were notified of rent increases at the peak of the pandemic, when most of us had lost work, and were already having trouble keeping up with the old rent. As the state and city reopen, we don’t know if protections will expire before we are able to get back on our feet. Many of us have been in this community for decades, but if we are swept up in the massive wave of evictions that is coming, we will not be able to afford market rate rents anywhere near Chinatown.  But we deserve to stay, and will continue fighting, because housing is a human right! Hillside Villa was built with public funds and should remain a public benefit! Keep our families off the street! It’s time to reverse the ugly history of eminent domain and use it to protect tenants and prevent more families from becoming homeless. We are inspired by Moms 4 Housing in Oakland, who took radical action to protect their families from homelessness. And like the Moms, we too are fighting for all tenants across California and the nation. The city must treat this as the emergency it is. ------- Before COVID-19, tenants were already facing landlord harassment that has been financially burdensome. The pandemic only makes things harder, many faced with hospital bills and evictions and loss of work as a result. To contribute to our efforts and support the Hillside Villa tenants you can donate here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/hillside-villa-fighting-evictions-and-harrasment  This campaign has been supported by: Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment Los Angeles (ACCE LA) Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance Los Angeles Chapter  (APALA LA) Crenshaw Subway Coalition Democratic Socialists of America, Los Angeles Eviction Defense Network Council Member Carroll Fife, City of Oakland Ground Game LA Housing Rights Committee San Francisco Indivisible CA-43 Inquilinos Unidos Khmer Girls in Action Ktown for All Los Angeles Center for Community Law and Action (LACCLA) Little Tokyo Service Center Los Angeles Community Action Network LACAN Pasadena Tenants Union NOlympics LA People's City Council Progressive Asian Network for Action (PANA) Ananya Roy, Professor of Urban Planning, Social Welfare, and Geography, UCLA Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE) Tenants Law Association at UCLA UAW 2865 Union De Vecinos LATU Eastside Local VyBe LATU Westside Local Chapter LATU

Hillside Villa Tenants Association
1,750 supporters
Started 3 months ago

Petition to Broomfield City Council

Fund Housing Supports in Broomfield: Add 1/4 Percent Sales Tax Measure to Fall Ballot

In 1994, Broomfield voters prioritized local quality of life and the outdoors by passing a quarter-percent sales tax to expand and preserve our open spaces. It's still in effect and still effectively serving its purpose. Now is the time for Broomfield voters to prioritize another vital community need by passing a new, quarter-percent sales tax measure to fund ongoing temporary and transitional housing programs for our most vulnerable neighbors. They include approximately 200 people experiencing homelessness and many severely "cost-burdened" households on the verge of homelessness, including single-parent families, veterans, retirees, people with disabilities and survivors of domestic violence. But before such an urgent and necessary measure can go into effect, it needs to be passed by Broomfield voters. And for that to happen, it has to appear on the upcoming election ballot. If you are a Broomfield voter, please consider signing this petition to the Broomfield City Council and the City & County of Broomfield to add a quarter-percent sales tax measure for housing stability to the Fall 2022 ballot. Signature goal: 600+. For a thorough examination of local housing challenges and potential solutions to those challenges, see The Sweep Report 2.0: Housing from below in Broomfield, Colorado, USA. (Part 3, "Broomfield Tomorrow," unpacks this small sales tax increase as well as a number of other proposals to help our community achieve full housing stability.) Feel free to share this petition with other eligible Broomfield voters! #WeAreBroomfield

Marrton Dormish
19 supporters