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6:30pm [6:30pm] Town Hall Meeting on Housing Justice
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Town Hall Meeting on Housing Justice Demands Presented to Governor's Administration on Critical Housing Issues Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1707384535984549 Petition: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/governor-cuomo-pass-a-strong-housing-agenda-in-the-2018-state-budget Rochester, NY - On Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 6:30p the Housing Justice Alliance of Rochester wil host a Town Hall Meeting on Housing Justice at St. Mary’s Church (15 St. Mary’s Place, Rochester, NY). The Town Hall with address the housing crisis in Rochester and New York State. The Town Hall seeks to educate the public on specific actions Governor Cuomo can take to address the spiraling housing crisis and to allow the Cuomo Administration to articulate its response to specific community demands via Cuomo representative Leonard Skrill from the New York State Division of Homes and Community Renewal. Rochester is suffering an out-of-control housing crisis. Homelessness is on the rise, gentrification and displacement pressures are increasing, and tenants do not have the legal protections they need and deserve. Wages have not kept up with rising rents. Our housing stock is falling into disrepair and 50 years after the passage of the Fair Housing Act, our neighborhoods remain as segregated as ever. As rents continue to rise faster than incomes, unaffordability becomes more critical and evictions continue to spiral out of control. Currently 62% of Rochester tenants are rent burdened--paying too much for housing. 76% of the the County’s emergency housing placements are caused by eviction. According to city officials, there are more than 8,000 eviction cases filed a year with more than 25,000 people at risk of being evicted. Over the past eight years the Cuomo administration’s policies have greatly benefited the real estate industry instead of tenants, residents of public housing, and/or homeless families and individuals. Unfortunately, the administration has thus far failed at addressing essential housing justice issues: the strengthening of tenant protections, the provision of full funding for public housing, and the generation of revenue from the wealthiest 1% to fund solutions to the homelessness crisis. Rochester community organizations want the Governor and his administration to hear directly from New Yorkers who are suffering from housing instability and to articulate their solutions to the crisis. As the Governor runs for a third term in the 2018 election, his ability to address the housing and homeless crisis will be one of his biggest tests. Tenants and homeless/formerly homeless New Yorkers need to hear how he will address weak tenants’ rights, increased homelessness, and chronic underfunding of public housing.

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