The New York City Chapter was founded 20 years ago by a group of welfare recipients that were eager to get their voices heard in the debates about welfare taking place at the time. Since its founding, the Chapter has evolved and is now a multi-issue chapter that organizes both citywide and in particular neighborhoods ("hubs"). CVH has members in all 5 boroughs of NYC, but has a particularly deep presence in hubs in Upper Manhattan, The Bronx, and The Rockaways. We hope to expand to even more communities in the coming year!
The NYC Chapter currently has committees, projects, and/ or hubs focusing on a variety of issues:
•Welfare / Workforce:
Organizing people with experience with public assistance to collectively work to monitor and fight for improvements in the welfare system, including ending the Work Experience Program (WEP), enhancing employment services and training opportunities, creating new pathways to move people into good jobs, and more.
o For more information or to get involved, contact Susannah Dyen (Susannah@CVHaction.org).
Organizing people living in NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA) buildings to fight for improvements in the stock and the preservation of it; we are currently working to make sure funding is secure for the housing, to prioritize infrastructure needs for funding, to end toxic mold and shorten repair turnaround time; to enhance resident decision-making through things like Participatory Budgeting in NYCHA; and to explore the intersection of criminal justice issues and public housing.
o For more information or to get involved, contact Jason Schwartz (Jason@CVHaction.org), or Gabriel Strachota (Gabriel@CVHaction.org)
•The Rockaways Hub:
Organizing residents across the 6 public housing developments on the peninsula to become a collective force to bring about improvements in their community; the hub is currently focusing on building out its base of leaders, influencing local development efforts to ensure affordable housing production and access to jobs for local residents, exploring ways to engage in the climate change movement, and more.
oFor more information or to get involved, contact Stephen Roberson (Stephen@CVHaction.org).
Engaging residents in communities around the City in directly deciding how part of the public budget (at least $1 million dollars per City Council district) is spent.
oFor more information or to get involved, contact Aaron Jones (Aaron@CVHaction.org).
•East Harlem Neighborhood Planning:
Organizing a series of public Visioning Workshops (in partnership with Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito & CB11) to get input from the broader community to inform the Neighborhood Study and subsequent neighborhood planning & rezoning.
oFor more information or to get involved, contact Daisy Gonzalez (Daisy@CVHaction.org).
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I have lived in New York for 30-35 years. In my community of Rockaway Beach, I have lived here for 15-16 years and I raised my daughter there. The changes I have noticed are development of private houses, a recreational YMCA, new supermarket and new roads. The violence has decreased in Rockaway Beach area due to a better community policing that is involved. I look forward to the changes later this year.
My campaign was and still is public housing. Since 1988 I have lived in New York and since 1989 I have lived at Wagner Housing. The types of changes I have noticed in my community are two supermarkets’ that are privately owned. To me, I consider this a bad thing because the prices are outrages. The vendors are no longer in the streets because of it. In terms of crime, Wagner housing is the worse development.
Hello CVH Extended Family,
After almost 16 years at Community Voices Heard (CVH), I have decided that it’s time to pass the torch and allow for new leadership at the organization….and a new chapter in my own life as well.