2011 MVUT Achievements, and Current Priorities

Dear MVUT Supporter,

Thank you for your continuing support for Mount Vernon United Tenants.  2011 was a really tough year for us financially.  We’ve run a deficit all year long, as the County Executive took our critically needed eviction-prevention funding out of the County budget.  We need support from friends and members like you, as much as ever.

Despite the lack of funding, we’ve still done some incredible things:

— We were the lone non-NYC organizaiton in the Real Rent Reform (R3) campaign that got our state rent laws renewed and strengthened.  This is the first time in nearly twenty (20) years when the laws weren’t weakened!
— Stopped over 150 evictions!
— Successfully rehoused over twenty (20+) individuals/families!
— Helped organize eighteen (18) building tenant associations!
— Secured free, quality used furniture for over sixty (60) families!
— Participated in various coalitions (locally, countywide, regional, statewide) that resulted in improved public policy, most recently as a lead organizaiton on the local campaign for the extension of the “millionaire’s tax.”

We’re working hard right now on a number of fronts:

— As a lead organizer in the Hudson Valley Coalition for a Fair Economy.
— Fighting for restoration of funds in the Neighborhood Preservation Program (MVUT’s largest funding source).
— Participating with the R3 Campaign to strengthen the State’s Rent Laws.
— Working with the Westchester Non-Profit Housing Coalition to ensure Westchester County’s compliance with the historic “Settlement” for 750 “Fair and Affordable” units.
— Preparing for the upcoming (late Spring) Westchester Rent Guidelines Board Hearings.

We’re working non-stop to keep tenants’ hosuing safe, dignified and affordable!!

You have helped us to carry on this work.   Thank you!!  To do even more, we ask that you consider continuing to support us with a generous financial contribution.  Please encourage your neighbors to support us as well.

Sincerely,

Dennis Hanratty
Executive Director
www.MVUT.org

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