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In New York tenants are coming together to fight the privatization of public housing developments. In 2021, there was a partial victory—the scaling back of NYCHA CEO Greg Russ’s initial plan to privatize all remaining 110,000 units NYCHA (New York City Public Housing Authority) to 25,000 units under the notorious “Blueprint” (section 18) housing plan. This retreat by Privatization Czar Russ followed a month of outrage in protests and media throughout New York City. In 2022, the bill, sponsored by Brooklyn State Senator Julia Salazar, passed in Albany under a new name: “Public Housing Preservation Trust.” While this year the Trust plans to privatize 25,000 units, this number will be revisited annually, and it could decide to privatize all of NYCHA in just a few years.
We are also issuing a rallying cry for the hard fight ahead, a struggle against the privatization and inevitable displacement that is promoted by leading politicians in both parties and their friends in the leading financial institutions. These plans have been advanced by the deliberate neglect of basic repairs and maintenance of NYCHA buildings, by a strategy to run the housing into the ground and then to hand over what is left to the market.
People from the president of the US to the leading bankers in NY to the hopeful candidates in upcoming elections all are paying empty lip-service to “affordable housing” while selling out this housing to their true “stake-holders” – real-estate developers and Wall Street.
Please contact us for further discussions, protests, and to join to build a city-wide and national movement against the forces of gentrification and displacement.
We can be reached by email firstname.lastname@example.org, call/text at 646-450-3880, or via our social media @theUFAD.
Information on Why Privatization is a Scam
Links to printable PDFs and more information below.
What is PACT like for tenants? NYCHA tenants speak out about why privatization is a scam
Difference between Section 8 (Private Housing) and Section 9 (Public Housing)
The below article is about a previous version of the “Public Housing Preservation Trust” scheme that passed in Albany in 2022. It explains why the Trust is just another privatization scheme.
This video is at Independence Towers in Williamsburg, and shows how the situation became worse after privatization under the RAD/PACT program.
From the Struggle Against Privatization and Gentrification in NYC
Interview with Defend Glendale, a tenant organization that has successfully stopped privatization in Minneapolis:
Join the fight against Columbia University’s gentrification of Harlem
For more information, our demands, and to sign on:
Press Release: Emergency Protest Saturday 2/19 Against Privatization of Harlem River Houses