Mid-December 2018 – News & Update

SCRIE/DRIE – Another Victory!!!

On November 28 the Mount Vernon City Council finally increased the SCRIE and DRIE income eligibility standard from $ 40,000 to the state maximum of $ 50,000. This was after a year-long campaign by MVUT pushing for this. This will enable dozens more families and individuals to access the benefits of SCRIE and DRIE, i.e. freezing their rent! We’d like to thank Councilwoman Delia Farquharson for her leadership on this issue.

Westchester Board of Legislators (W-BOL) County Budget

It looks like MVUT is scheduled to receive $ 25,000 in 2019 through the W-BOL. People should thank our County Legislator Lyndon Williams (914) 995-2837 for his efforts in securing these funds. MVUT needs and deserves much more. There is a possibility that additional funds may be available later in 2019 if the State approves Westchester’s appeal to raise the sales tax. Tell Lyndon how important MVUT’s services are to Mt. Vernon tenants and to all tenants throughout Westchester.

Neighborhood Preservation Program (NPP) Legislative Breakfast

We organized a successful Legislative Breakfast on December 7 at Westhab’s beautiful new building Ludlow Commons. The Westchester state legislative delegation are all supportive of increasing funding for the groups’ NPP funding. We’ll ask our members and friends to write letters to the legislators into the New Year as a follow-up, and we’ll be organizing the Westchester bus to Albany on Wednesday March 6 (mark your calendars!).

Legal Services of the Hudson Valley (LSHV)

Dennis, Shelley and volunteer Karen Heim all attended LSHV’s “Basic Housing Law and Eviction Prevention for the Community Advocate and for Tenant Associations” on Wednesday December 5 at the Yonkers Riverfront Library and Dennis participated at a meeting at the LSHV White Plains office regarding having all tenants in Housing Court being able to have legal representation – “Universal Access to Counsel in Housing Court” on Monday December 10.

Real Rent Reform (R3) Campaign

The state rent and eviction laws – the “old” Rent Control and the Emergency Tenant Protection Act (ETPA) sunset on June 15, 2019. The renewal, and most importantly, the strengthening of these laws will be a major focus of MVUT’s work into 2019. We had enclosed Dennis’ “Community View” from The Journal News in our last mailing.

MVUT will be participating in two (2) events in December in New York City to help kick-off the Campaign:

1) Press conference and rally at New York City (NYC) City Hall on Monday December 10.

2) Meeting with NYC City Council President Corey Johnson and tenant leaders,  also at NYC City Hall on Wednesday December 19.

MVUT “Holiday Gathering”

Don’t forget our Annual “Holiday Gathering on Friday December 14 at 6:00 pm in our office at 2 Gramatan Avenue, Suite 304. We’re expecting Santa Claus to stop by! So please stop by and bring a dish to share, or make a monetary contribution to MVUT to help defray our expenses. Happy and Safe Holidays !

Support Tenants’ Rights!  Support Affordable Housing!!  Support MVUT!!!

* Please make a year-end, tax-deductible contribution to MVUT !!

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