H.A.A.D. Housing Alliance Against Downsizing
It is almost one year since HPD instituted downsizing and sadly all efforts to have a moratorium until alternate cost-saving measures can be explored have not gotten a response from neither Mayor de Blasio nor HPD Commissioner Vicki Been. Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer wote a letter to Commissioner Been as a direct result of Been's testimony before the City Council Housing Committee April 9 Hearing. 17 of Manhattan's Federal, State and City elected officials signed on to that letter.
Downsizing affects NYCHA and former Mitchell Lama tenants in all 5 NYC boroughs, albeit in different ways. NYCHA does not have 0-bedroom apartments.
With the help of many elected officials offices, H.A.A.D. has invited every NYC Federal, State and City elected official to attend an Elected Official Press Conference on Wednesday at 11:00 AM at the City Hall Plaza. Letters have not received any movement toward a moratorioum. Hopefully, the powerful voices of our elected officials will be heard. We want every elected official to call the Mayor.
As a show of tenant voices and more importantly votes, it would be great if all tenant leaders and tenants could also attend the conference. We hope a booming outcry from elected officials will be heard and acted upon by the Mayor.
Here is a Media Advisory that was sent out June 30, 2014, to the media.
Housing Alliance Against Downsizing
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 30, 2014
New York, NY
Federal, State & City Elected Officials Meet to Demand a Moratorium Against HPD’s Disastrous New Section 8 Downsizing Guidelines
What: Press Conference with New York Federal, State & City elected officials. Hosted by H.A.A.D., Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at 11:00 a.m., at City Hall Plaza.
Numerous New York elected officials will meet to speak out against HPD’s new downsizing guidelines and for the almost 9,000 previously properly-housed Section 8 Voucher tenants in all five boroughs.
The new guidelines force long-term tenants, seniors, (a vast majority of whom are elderly women in their 70’s, 80’s and 90’s), and medically challenged tenants to vacate their 1-bedroom apartments and move to a 0-bedroom. HPD also mandates that single parents with a child over 4 years must to move to a 1-bedroom no matter the sex of the child.
Why: HPD says they must move these tenants due to sequestered funds. Even though these funds were released in January 2014, HPD continues downsizing the most vulnerable of New York’s tenants.
Who: H.A.A.D is a community-based tenants’ group working with New York’s federal, state and city officials to demand a moratorium on downsizing until alternate options can be explored.
Numerous elected officials will be speaking out for a moratorium and will be available for interviews with the press.
We urgently ask that you attend and cover this important press conference. H.A.A.D. believes that a bedroom for the elderly and single parents and their children is not a luxury!
Contact: Rita Popper, Co-Chair, H.A.A.D., 212-860-4540, Harri Molese, Media, H.A.A.D., 646-672-1365
Provided by Guest Speaker Caroline Bragdon, MPH, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, who spoke at IPN, as part of the Community Board 1 Quality of Life Committee meeting on April 17, 2014.
Letter from Borough President Gail Brewer to HPD and the Mayor regarding the downsizing of voucher tenants.
Download the letter (pdf)
This letter followed the Feb 24th 2014meeting held at IPN.
October 3rd 2013 Deadline for the Victims Compensation Fund has passed.
However, the World Trade Center Health Program is still available -- this is separate from the VCF.
See our web page, World Trade Center Health Programs, for a list of links and applications.
Our thanks to 911 Environmental Action and WTC Health Outreach, who provided very helpful information at our meeting on Sept 19th.
Previously posted information about J-51 is now on the J-51 page. IPNTA Statement about our J-51 Lawsuit is on the J-51 page. Also see In The Press.
Other relevant reading...
Mitchell-Lama Residents Coalition has good articles about affordable housing in general and former Mitchell-Lama complexes, including IPN.
Links to Court Case:
- NYC Courts - http://www.nycourts.gov/reporter/3dseries/2012/2012_02441.htm
- Leagle.com - http://www.leagle.com/xmlResult.aspx?xmldoc=In%20NYCO%2020120403276.xml&docbase=CSLWAR3-2007-CURR
Previous Stories -- see IPNTA Newsletters or Archive
|Documents for Download|
|Join IPNTA||Membership Form 2014 (New or Renewal)|
|IPN Settlement Agreement||IPN Settlement Agreement (March 2004)|
|HPD Medical Form||HPD Medical form for Voucher Tenants - Oct 2013|
|Mitchell-Lama Residents Coalition||Opposition to new anti-Roberts Bill|
|Oct 2010- Instructions for Filing Overcharge
|DHCR Overcharge Form||http://www.nysdhcr.gov/Forms/Rent/ra89.pdf|
|J51 Decision, Aug 2010||Decision_30_Aug_2010.pdf|
|General Meeting May 2010||Presentaton/Discussion: Why IPN Should Have Been Rent Stabilized Beginning on June 29, 2004|
|J51 Law Suit||Judge Friedman's decision in the J-51 case, released Friday, April 3, 2009 (also see Archive)|
|September 28, 2007: On September 27, Judge Friedman issued two interim decisions about the J-51 case. Both are posted here as pdfs:
J51 Summary Judgment Decision and IPNTA decision re Amend Complaint [Full story in Archive...]
|2010 Filing Rent Overcharge with DHCR||Oct 2010 - Information and Forms to be posted shortly|
|DHCR Web site: http://nysdhcr.gov/Forms/Rent/ra89.pdf|
|2008 - Filing Rent Overcharge with DHCR - Group Filing||Mar 2008 - Information about the first filing is in our Archive for reference.
The complaint forms have been filed by our attorney with DHCR, accompanied by this cover letter (Full story -- see Archive or March 2008 Newsletter)
|IPNTA Bylaws||IPNTA Bylaws (Amended Nov 2009)|