VOCAL-NY Reacts to Rent Proposal and Vows to Continue Fight for Housing Justice

    

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Contact: Paulette Soltani, 775-340-2359, paulette@vocal-ny.org

VOCAL-NY Reacts to Senate, Assembly Proposal on Tenant Protections, Vows to Continue the Fight for Housing Justice for All New Yorkers

New York, NY – in response to the two-house deal on rent reforms announced by the State Senate and Assembly, VOCAL-NY released the following statement, attributable to Nathylin Flowers Adesegun, community leader at VOCAL-NY and homeless New Yorker.

“After years of rising homelessness across New York State, the Senate and Assembly have come together to pass a housing proposal that centers Black and brown low-income New Yorkers. VOCAL-NY stands with the Housing Justice for All Coalition and the State legislature for taking these critical steps to end displacement, harassment and injustice against vulnerable tenants across our state. As someone who became homeless at 70 years old by being evicted from my rent-stabilized apartment, I believe this bill would have helped me.”

“With 89,000 people living in homeless shelters, this bill signals that New York State will not continue to function under the influence of the real estate lobby.The housing movement is taking back its power to protect tenants from losing their homes and to ensure that formerly homeless people never face displacement again. We are calling on Governor Cuomo to sign the bill.”

“We are proud to stand with tenants, housing activists, homeless New Yorkers, legislators, and all others who believe that housing is a human right. While these reforms cannot be understated, we know there is more work to do in our state to ensure that everyone has a safe and permanent home. With the Housing Justice for All Coalition, we will continue to fight for no-cause evictions, the elimination of IAIs and MCIs, the passage of Home Stability Support, and more, so that every New Yorker can finally be stably and safely housed in our state.”

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