Union Square Rally to build public support for a People’s Budget approach to fully-fund NYCHA

This is a City-wide rally to demonstrate support for a grassroots approach to fully-funding the New York City Hosing Authority, or NYCHA. Fight For NYCHA consulted with tenants and passed the People’s Budget for Housing, Justice, and Dignity during a Town Hall meeting at P.S. 33 in Chelsea on Sept. 18. The People’s Budget demonstrates that funding for public housing is reasonable, within reach, and some of these ideas are legislation-ready.

DATE : Sunday, Oct 6, 2019
TIME : 1 pm
PLACE : Union Square Park, Manhattan
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The immediate emergency is to take $10 billion that Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to use to build new jails and, instead, to redirect that money to public housing.

The People’s Budget passes to demonstrate that the money exists to fully-fund NYCHA

At Fight For NYCHA townhall, tenants from Fulton, Chelsea, Elliott, and Harborview were invited to participate.

Area public housing tenants, neighbors, and civic leaders were invited to participate in the Fight For NYCHA townhall at PS 33 in Chelsea on Sept. 18. The Thursday night meeting was solely focused on discussing and adopting a People’s Budget approach to fully-funding the New York City Housing Authority, or NYCHA. (Se puede leer el Presupuesto del Pueblo en español.)

A presentation was made to show that the People’s Budget was within reach, was reasonable, was not punitive, and that, some of the ideas it contained, were legislation-ready.

Following the presentation, attendees of the townhall adopted by a majority show of hands the People’s Budget.

The People’s Budget passes by a majority show of hands.

Demolition, RAD conversion, the sale of air rights, and infill development should be the last resort — not the first resort.

By adopting the People’s Budget, NYCHA tenants are communicating to Electeds that the money exists to fully-fund NYCHA. Therefore, there should be no need to either demolish public housing, hand public housing assets over to private developers or landlords, sell air rights, or to propose infill development at NYCHA. At this townhall, public housing tenants also proposed two ideas : that Tenants have a final say in the governance at NYCHA (for example, not allowing executives to over-ride NYCHA tenants on the Board of Directors, and to eliminate any mechanism that subverts tenants’ rights to have a democratic say in NYCHA’s governance, to paraphrase some townhall attendees’ ideas) and to improve relations between NYCHA management and tenants.

Protest against Daniel Dromm for throwing NYCHA under the bus

Labor Day protest and march, demanding that Daniel Dromm put NYCHA in the New York City budget

BUSTED : Even though NYCHA is in a crisis, facing a $32 billion deficit in its capital improvement budget, New York City Councilmember Daniel Dromm threw NYCHA under the bus by cutting them out of the $92.8 billion City budget. As chair of the City Council finance committee, Dromm sees the City Budget out of committee.

It’s not too late to introduce a budget supplemental for NYCHA. The money exists to address the racial, social, and economic injustices in the City of New York, much of which are state-sponsored.