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This is a letter decrying one of the crimes of the 21st century; the nationwide project by Congress, HUD, big banks, and developers to privatize public housing. For decades Congress has cut funding to public housing developments across the country. This is part of a long history of neglect of public housing, which has led to deteriorating and dangerous conditions for tenants. Mold, asbestos, lead paint, water damage, broken windows, rodent infestations, lack of heat, and other unlivable conditions are all a daily reality for tenants in public housing projects across the country. In addition to this lack of respect or concern for peoples’ health, tenants are regularly subjected to rude, derogatory, and discriminatory treatment for raising these concerns to managers and local housing authorities.
Now after all these years of letting the projects rot and forcing people to live in deplorable conditions, HUD is giving away all the projects to wealthy developers and the big banks. These predatory interests aim to make billions off of this transfer of wealth and land, all at the expense of the millions of people currently living in public housing. Instead of using funding for much needed repairs of public housing, HUD’s budget is now being used to subsidize these privatization projects, which almost always include the construction of new luxury units and the displacement of the vast majority of current project residents.
Esta es una carta denunciando uno de los grandes crímenes del siglo XXI; el proyecto nacional del Congreso, HUD, los grandes bancos y las inmobiliarias para privatizar la vivienda pública. Durante décadas, el Congreso ha recortado los fondos para desarrollos de viviendas públicas en todo el país. Esto es parte de una larga historia de abandono de la vivienda pública, que ha provocado su deterioro y condiciones peligrosas para los inquilinos. El moho, el asbesto, la pintura con plomo, los daños causados por goteras de agua, las ventanas rotas, las plagas de roedores, la falta de calefacción y otras condiciones no habitables son una realidad diaria para muchos inquilinos de los proyectos de vivienda pública en todo el país. Además de esta falta de respeto y de preocupación por la salud de las personas, los inquilinos son sometidos regularmente a un trato grosero, despectivo y discriminatorio por plantear estas preocupaciones a los administradores y las autoridades locales de vivienda.
Ahora, después de todos estos años de dejar que los proyectos se pudran y de obligar a la gente a vivir en condiciones deplorables, HUD está regalando todos los proyectos a desarrolladores adinerados y a los grandes bancos. Estos intereses depredadores apuntan a ganar miles de millones con esta transferencia de riqueza y tierra, todo a expensas de los millones de personas que actualmente viven en viviendas públicas. En lugar de utilizar fondos para reparaciones muy necesarias de viviendas públicas, el presupuesto de HUD se está utilizando ahora para subsidiar estos proyectos de privatización, que casi siempre incluyen la construcción de nuevas unidades de lujo y el desplazamiento de la gran mayoría de los residentes actuales del proyecto.
- Manhattanville Tenants Release Photos and Letters Demanding NYCHA Repair Apartments Without PrivatizationFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday February 16th, 2023 Manhattanville Tenants Release Photos and Letters Demanding NYCHA Repair Apartments Without Privatization Contact: United Front Against Displacement, nogoNYC@riseup.net, 646-450-3880 For years, NYCHA has engaged in a consistent and extreme pattern of willful negligence of its properties, irresponsibly forcing residents to inhabit dangerous apartments which have major mold problems,Continue reading “Manhattanville Tenants Release Photos and Letters Demanding NYCHA Repair Apartments Without Privatization”
- Coney Island NYCHA Tenants Protest Privatization on February 5th, Release PetitionЧитать на русском языке / Read in Russian For immediate release: Monday, January 30th, 2023 What: Coney Island NYCHA Tenants Protest Privatization, Release PetitionWhere: West 24th Street and Surf Avenue outside NYCHA Haber Houses, Coney Island, BrooklynWhen: 12:00pm on Sunday, February 5th, 2023Contact: United Front Against Displacement, 646-450-3880, nogoNYC@riseup.net On Sunday, February 5th, United FrontContinue reading “Coney Island NYCHA Tenants Protest Privatization on February 5th, Release Petition”
- Difference between Section 8 and Section 9 (Public Housing)You can download or print PDFs below:
- Videos: NYCHA tenants speak out against NYCHA’s push to privatize all NYC public housing via the new “Public Housing Preservation Trust” schemeThread: NYCHA tenants speak out against NYCHA’s push to privatize all NYC public housing via the new “Public Housing Preservation Trust” scheme (in addition to the existing PACT scheme). Matthew from UFAD exposes this. Videos from a NYCHA meeting at Polo Grounds about the Trust. Paul, Manhattanville resident and UFAD member, says not to trustContinue reading “Videos: NYCHA tenants speak out against NYCHA’s push to privatize all NYC public housing via the new “Public Housing Preservation Trust” scheme”
- Photos and Videos: Rally to Save Manhattanville! Saturday October 22 at 1pmOn Saturday October 22 we held a rally to save the #Manhattanville projects in West Harlem, in the parking lot that was recently sold by #NYCHA to a developer for a 26-story luxury condo tower to be built in the middle of the project. This is part of the #PACT privatization scam. NYCHA took thisContinue reading “Photos and Videos: Rally to Save Manhattanville! Saturday October 22 at 1pm”
- UFAD protests pro-privatization “Resident Empowerment Conference” by Boston Housing Authority, Mayor Michelle Wu, and nonprofits on October 15thBREAKING: On Saturday the @BHA_Boston, @MayorWu and various nonprofits held a “resident empowerment conference” to prepare public housing tenants for privatization. We showed up to protest their hypocrisy. 1/ Incredibly, this event was being held RIGHT NEXT to the building they’ve spent the last week hastily pushing tenants out of. Groups like @CityLife_Clvu and @BostonLegalAidContinue reading “UFAD protests pro-privatization “Resident Empowerment Conference” by Boston Housing Authority, Mayor Michelle Wu, and nonprofits on October 15th”
- TALK IS CHEAP! New York Politicians Lie to NYCHA Tenants When Asked About the Privatization of NYCHA (Video)Featuring: Jumaane Williams, Cordell Cleare, Mark Levine, Letitia James, and Robert Jackson On August 16th, 2022, NYCHA tenants from UFAD sent petitions opposing the privatization of NYCHA to local and state politicians and NYCHA officials. The petition was signed by 218 tenants of Manhattanville Houses in West Harlem, 74 tenants of Jackie Robinson Houses inContinue reading “TALK IS CHEAP! New York Politicians Lie to NYCHA Tenants When Asked About the Privatization of NYCHA (Video)”
- BHA Forcing Elderly/Disabled Residents Out of their Units on 1-Weeks’ NoticeThis past Friday October 7th, the Boston Housing Authority (BHA) and Judy Cohn Housing and Relocation Consultants notified most of the remaining residents of 24/34 Heath St. (which are elderly/disabled buildings) at the Mildred Hailey Public Housing development that they must leave their apartments by this Friday, October 14th. This is to prepare for theContinue reading “BHA Forcing Elderly/Disabled Residents Out of their Units on 1-Weeks’ Notice”
- NYCHA Tenants and Columbia Students Protest Columbia’s Gentrification of HarlemOn September 22, NYCHA tenants from United Front Against Displacement and Columbia students came together to protest Columbia University’s gentrification of Harlem. You can read and sign onto the demands here. Organized by UFAD, Student Worker Solidarity, and Housing Equity Project. Yesterday, NYCHA tenants of UFAD and Columbia students joined together to protest @Columbia’s predatoryContinue reading “NYCHA Tenants and Columbia Students Protest Columbia’s Gentrification of Harlem”
- The Anna Mae Cole Center Must be PreservedIn the coming months, the City of Boston and the Boston Housing Authority (BHA), along with a group of developers, are planning to hasten the gentrification of Jamaica Plain. They plan to do this by demolishing hundreds of public housing units and replacing them with hundreds of privately-run and expensive units at the Mildred C.Continue reading “The Anna Mae Cole Center Must be Preserved”
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