Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Housing Here and Now Endorses Real Rent Reform's Oct. 1 Rally

Housing Here and Now is proud to announce our support and endorsement of Real Rent Reform Campaign. We encourage our membership and allies to turn out for the October 1 city-wide rally against the rent hikes of the Rent Guidelines Board, in demanding affordable housing and the slowing of New York City's housing crisis.

Real Rent Reform and Housing Here and Now have fought together for very similar platforms, both committed to overturning vacancy decontrol, keeping apartments formerly under Mitchell-Lama and Project-Based Section 8 in the rent stabilization system, and pushing a comprehensive strategy of defending affordable housing for all New Yorkers. We have been allies in each other's work, and are together building a strong, unified housing justice movement.

Upcoming fall events for Housing Here and Now members, tenants and affordable housing advocates:

October 1: Real Rent Reform City-wide Rally, 5:30 PM, Harlem State Office Bldg Plaza, 163 West. 125th St., east of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd.

November 19: Housing Here and Now City-Wide Rally to Overturn Vacancy Decontrol, Location and time to be announced.

Protest now before the elections to show the candidates we mean business, and after to demand they follow through!

Please support Real Rent Reform as an ally and fighter for affordable housing. To join us in endorsing the campaign, or to find out more, contact Real Rent Reform at 212-979-6238, ext. 204 or join@realrentreform.org.

Check out the links below for more information about Real Rent Reform's remarkable work:

- The R³ legislative agenda . A Spanish version is also available here.

- The flier for the October 1st Real Rent Reform rally, in English and Spanish.

For a united NYC tenants' movement!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Housing Here and Now Campaign Planning Meeting - Wed, Sept. 24

Last spring, many of you mobilized for local rallies and trips to Albany for the repeal of vacancy decontrol, the $2,000 loophole in our rent laws.  We successfully fought this legislation defending tenants through the Assembly.  Now it is time to take the next step, and end vacancy decontrol altogether.

Join us in planning the next steps of the campaign!

Housing Here and Now Campaign Planning Meeting
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 6:30 PM
Grace Church
802 Broadway, enter at 4th Ave. and 11th St.
Spanish translation will be provided.  Wheelchair accessible.  
All are welcome.

We will be spending the time planning a major, 1,000-person rally on November 19, demanding the end to vacancy decontrol!  We are also planning creative events through the fall to highlight the need for stronger rent laws and better housing.  

Save the date: November 19, Rally to End Vacancy Decontrol!