On November 5, 2009, Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh, State Senator Daniel Squadron, organizers from the community organization Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES), and a representative of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver spoke at a public meeting held to discuss government underfunding of New York City Public Housing Authority (NYCHA) developments and efforts to address NYCHA’s deficit through the Save Our Underfunded NYCHA Developments (SOUND) Housing Campaign. About 75 residents were present at the community meeting at Grand Street Settlement’s building on Pitt Street to learn about the root causes of NYCHA’s underfunding and what residents can do about it.
Several of the SOUND Housing Campaign’s coalition partners were also on hand for the community meeting, including representatives of Councilmember and Council Public Housing Subcommittee Chair Rosie Mendez, Councilmember-elect Margaret Chin, and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and tenant association leaders from developments throughout the Lower East Side.
Launched this past Summer, the SOUND Housing Campaign calls on the State and City of New York to:
- Fully fund $64 million for State-built developments
- Fully fund $30 million for City-built developments
- Stop requiring NYCHA to pay more than $70 million for police and sanitation services
- Invest $100 million from the Federal stimulus package in weatherization of NYCHA developments
Kavanagh, Squadron, and GOLES encouraged residents to attend the November 12th SOUND Housing rally at 11 a.m. on the steps of City Hall to bring greater public attention to the issue of public housing funding.
If you have any questions on the SOUND Housing Campaign or would like to join in its efforts, please contact Izzy Murguia at Kavanagh’s district office or 212-979-9696.