Denise Bonitto, Phyliss Harrison, Valerie Pearson and Walter Lipscomb were appointed to the Westchester Advisory Committee for the Department of Social Services. This committee offers recommendations to the Commissioner of Social Services that will effect people receiving public assistance.
Community Voices Heard is building a powerful organization of low-income people of color to fight for racial and economic justice in Westchester County. After a year-long County-wide expansion effort, CVH-Westchester currently has active leadership hubs in White Plains, Yonkers, Peekskill and Ossining, with plans to grow additional hubs in Mt Vernon, New Rochelle, Port Chester and Mt Kisco. CVH member-leaders from across the county have created a Westchester People's Agenda which they launched in October of 2014. The People's Agenda demands truly affordable housing and access to jobs for Westchester's low-income residents. Since launching the agenda, CVH member-leaders have already fought for and won a $1 million increase in county funding for childcare subsidies and after-school programs and have "banned the box" that asks job applicants whether they have been convicted of a felony on city applications in Yonkers and White Plains. In June of 2015, CVH-Westchester member-leaders held a People's Assembly to Combat the Housing Crisis. Member-leaders are now pushing forward a long-term campaign to fight for truly affordable housing and against gentrification in Westchester County.
Join us as we become an unstoppable force to be reckoned with in Westchester County!
•For more information or to get involved, contact our Hudson Valley Organizing Director Juanita Lewis (Juanita@CVHaction.org), 914-519-8588 or Westchester County Organizer Julia Solow (Julia@CVHaction.org), 914-514-7632
28 N. Broadway Ave 2nd Fl.
Yonkers, NY 10701
In March, Yonkers leader and board member Walter Lipscomb received the Unsung Hero. The luncheon was hosted by a new group called Steppin' Up. The group is made up of community members from the faith-based, business and community groups that want to improve Yonkers. The award is to recognize everyday community members for their contributions to their neighborhood and community. The event was so big that it got the attention of City Council Majority Leader Pat McDow who sent over a proclamation.
On Wednesday, April 6th over 60 CVH members and allies attended a community forum on housing and jobs. City Council President Chuck Lesnick and Westchester County Legislator Jose Alvarado were asked questions around job creation initiatives, creation of
low-income housing and accountability structures in the city and county. This was the first time that representatives from the county and city answered questions and heard the concerns of the low-income community.
City Council President Lesnick and County Legislator Alvarado agreed to the following demands: