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Advocating for Voucher Tenants - Special Edition
Section 8 vouchers are supposed to protect IPN’s low-income tenants. But ever since this program began in June 2004 tenants have had problems. Sometimes losing, without a hearing, the voucher a tenant depends on to stay in his or her home. Removal of a voucher without a hearing is against the law – but it has happened. While the Mayor’s Office talks about creating affordable housing, affordable housing is lost when low-income tenants lose their vouchers out of public view.
In March, IPNTA reps and voucher tenants met with Borough President Scott Stringer and representatives from Assemblywoman Deborah Glick’s office asking for assistance in solving voucher tenants’ problems with HPD. These problems have included missing and misplaced papers, misfiled applications, and miss-spelled names. To make matters worse tenants cannot reach anyone at HPD on the phone or get an appointment for a time certain. A tenant lucky enough to get an appointment can wait for hours – and then not be seen. Tenants who made mistakes on their applications had their vouchers cancelled before any hearing took place. There was no remedy accepted.
Borough President Stringer promised to call together our elected officials to ask HPD to stop treating voucher tenants so poorly and to generally improve voucher processing. We have given him information about 30 tenants’ experiences with HPD. If you have been denied assistance in preparing your re-certification papers, denied an opportunity to make an appointment, lost your voucher without a hearing, have a hearing scheduled and need assistance – please give your information to IPNTA so we can pass it on to the Borough President. Leave a copy of your complete file (HPD correspondence, your summary, contact numbers for you & email) attention: V.P. Marnee May 80 N.Moore Street - Apartment 23B . Do not ring her bell. Leave in the lobby. We will contact you. This must be done immediately. In advance, you should email info@IPNTA.org to let us know to expect your file – and give a summary. No email? Leave a note in the tenant box to let us know how to reach you and what the problem is.
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