Early October 2020 News and Updates

MVUT normally holds its ANNUAL MEETING on the first Tuesday of October.  However, because of the Pandemic, we cannot successfully “Social Distance” in our office for the number of people required. Accordingly, we will continue to provide our program delivery until such time when we can successfully conduct our ANNUAL MEETING. The current Board of Directors will remain in their seats until that time.

Census 2020

Great News! A federal judge in California has overturned the Trump administration’s shortening of the time to complete the Census questionnaire from September 30, 2020 to its original date of October 31, 2020. The extra month provides us the opportunity to significantly raise the percentage of Mt. Vernon residents to complete the questionnaires. THIS lS VITALLY IMPORTANT! Mt. Vernon stands to lose millions of dollars over the next decade if we do not dramatically increase the percentage of Mt, Vernon residents. We can all play a role in making this happen. As of September 30, only 56.7% of Mt. Vernon residents have successfully completed the Census. We are tied for last among all of the Westchester-municipalities in our response rate! That is unacceptable and it will irreparably harm Mt. Vernon for the next decade. MVUT is working with various others to increase our census numbers.

What can you do?

1) lf you or anyone you know has not filled out the Census questionnaire, come to the MVUT office and we’ll quickly help you do so.

2) lf there are many people in your building who have not completed the Census, MVUT will come to your building for a meeting in your lobby to help people complete the questionnaire.

3) As in #2, maybe you’d like to set up a meeting in your church where we’d likewise set up a table to help complete the questionnaire.

4) lf you know of any community events where a crowd is expected, let us know and we’ll try to get volunteers there to help with the census.

Remember, this is a once-in-a-decade opportunity to secure major federal dollars for Mt. Vernon. Let’s make the most of it.

Election Day, November 3, 2020

This is probably the most important election in all of our lifetimes. ln the last mailing we provided  a list of times and places for “early voting” from Saturday, October 24, through Sunday, November 1.  If you or someone you know is not registered to vote and wants to register, they must do so by Friday, October 9.  We have voter registration forms in our office. If you have questions about the voting process, you should call the Westchester Board of Elections at:  (914) 995-5700 or check out their website at: https://citizenparticipation.westchestergov.com/

Eviction Moratorium 

On Monday, September 28 Governor Cuomo extended the eviction moratorium under the State Tenant Safe Harbor Act to Janua ry 1,2021. While this is perhaps seen as merely “kicking the can down the road,” it does provide tenants with time to work out plans for rent repayment, and more importantly gives the federal government more  opportunity to provide economic relief to cities and states, which could be utilized to protect tenants who are in serious arrears.

Neighborhood Preservation Coalition of New York State (NPC/NYS)  

The NPC/NYS for a long time has been MVUT’s largest funding source. The NpC/NyS normally holds their Annual Meeting and Conference in October, However this year as a result of the pandemic,  there will be no Conference. In its place the NpC/NyS has decided to host a series of Webinars on various housing issues

We’re enclosing a list and descriptions of the five (5) Webinars. We’ll be participating in these Webinars from our office. If you’d like to sit in at our office for any of these Webinars from our office, call the office and we’ll try to facilitate that.

SUPPORT TENANTS’ RIGHTS!

SUPPORT AFFORDABLE  HOUSING ! !

Support MVUT!!!

Download MVUT Early Oct 2020 News and Updates

Voting Times and Places

Census Remarks and Facts

List of NPC/NYS Webinars

 

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