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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Participatory Budgeting Grows in NYC - Why Isn’t Every Council Member Doing It?
by Colin O'Connor, Oct 23, 2015
In four years participatory budgeting has exploded from four to 27 New York City Council districts. With over 51,000 voters casting ballots last cycle to allocate a total of $32 million dollars to projects across the city, New York‘s experiment in direct democracy has quickly become the largest of its kind in North America.
When the socialites joining Mayor de Blasio at last night’s gala fundraiser rolled up to Gracie Mansion and descended from their black SUVs, it’s possible that they heard a distant clamor from across East End Avenue, where about 100 residents of public housing, corralled into a cattle pen of police barricades, were staging a protest.
More than 100 angry public housing tenants marched Tuesday on Gracie Mansion, shouting protest slogans as well-heeled contributors pulled up in limousines to attend Mayor de Blasio’s gala fund-raising dinner for what he calls “the People’s House.”
The tenants marched eight blocks south from Holmes Towers, where NYCHA plans to put up 400 apartments on what it calls an “underutilized” playground. Half the units will be affordable, but half will be offered at market rate — far more than NYCHA tenants could afford.