Early September 2020 – News and Updates

Usually the end of the summer is a relatively quiet time for us at this office – not so this year. We’re helping organize and/or filing complaints for four (4) separate buildings in Mt.Vernon currently:

  • 47 Oak Street
  • 60 West First Street
  • 55 Pennsylvania Ave
  • 229 South 7th Ave. (Grace House)

Plus we’re heavily involved in a number of key public policy issues…

Census 2020: The time to respond has been cut short by one month, from October 31, 2020, to September 30,2o2o MVUT has been working with people in Mt Vernon and westchester to increase Mt. Vernon’s count. lt’s essential that we get more Mt Vernon residents counted. We need everyone to be counted. We lose $2,750.00 every year for every person not counted – for ten (10) yearsl

We’re enclosing a two-sided sheet prepared by Tamara Stewart, “2020 Census Remarks/Census Math,” which describes the issue We need our members to let us know if they want us to set up a table in their building to get people counted. We have computer “tablets” in our office to ask the nine (9) questions, and we periodically set up a table in front of our office to slgn people up’ We especially need volunteers for the balance of September to help us ‘count” people Call the office (914) 699- 1114 if you can help.

PLEASE!  THERE S NOTHING TO FEAR!  All information is confidential. Even if someone is undocumented – it does not matter – no information of any kind will be shared with ANY government or law enforcement agency.

Riqht to Counsel: We’re still playing a key role in the campaign to get Westchester County to adopt a “Right to Counsel Law” which would provide free attorneys to income-eligible tenants in Landlord-Tenant court proceedings. For Mt Vernon tenants, we do not have a County Legislator right now as Lyndon Williams left to become a City Judge.  There will be a new County Legislator in that seat as of election day, and we’ll let everyone know who that is and contact info to call and write him/her to regarding support for ‘Right to Counsel”.  If you are not a Mt.Vernon resident, you can call the  Westchester Board of Legislators (W-BOL) at (914) 995-2BOO and find out who your county Legislator is and his/her contact information.

Pandemic: Things have been crazy as a result of the pandemic and many people have lost some or all of their income. Low incorne tenants have been particularly hard-hit.  We’re enclosing two (2) recent newspaper articles on this issue back-to-back.  An August 30, 2020 New York Times Opinion “Don’t Let Evictions Spread the Virus” by noted author Matthew Desmond, and an August 27, 2020 news article in the Journal News -“38% of Households Can’t Make Ends Meet” according to a new standard – ALICE (Asset-Limited, lncome-Constrained, Employed).  Times are tough indeed!

Furniture Sharehouse: Furniture Sharehouse has been physically closed during the pandemic and we have been unable to bring clients up to the Westchester County Airport to get free furniture, However, Furniture Sharehouse has recently begun allowing people to get furniture “virtually”. There have been some changes and additions to the application process but we can help you through that. The same fees still apply – $25 referral fee, and your choice of delivery – full-delivery i.e. into your home $150.00, curb-side delivery $75.00 or no charge if you can pick up the furniture yourself.  You must go through a member agency, like MVUT to participate.

Voting: This is an extremely important election coming up on November 3,2020.   However, Westchester residents may vote early, from Saturday, October 24 -Sunday November 1. We’re enclosing a list of the Dates, times and places where you may vote early. Be sure to let your friends, family and neighbors know of those early voting opportunities.

On the reverse side of the Voting notice, we’ve enclosed a notice about a “Utility Scare”. BEWARE!! This is especially important to senior citizens. Don’t give any information to unsolicited callers. Hang up and/or call the numbers listed on the Notice.

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Early Sept 2020 News and Update

2020 Census Remarks/Census Math

Sept 2020 News Clips

Voting Places and Times

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