Articles from November 2022



News and Update – November 2022

Annyal MVUT General Membership Meeting
Tuesday, November 29 @ 7:00 PM
MVUT Office, 2 Gramatan Avenue – Suite 304

It’s been a while since we’ve mailed to everyone, but it’s not because of a lack of activity on our part. Things in fact have been quite busy on various fronts.

Homelessness Prevention Program (HPP)

Our HPP has been working overtime to keep people in their homes and out of the costly emergency shelter system. We continue to fight eviction cases and we are still processing loads of Emergency Rental Assistance Proqram (ERAP) applications. In the last few months we’ve stopped over 35 evictions; processed over 70 ERAP applications and worked with the City of Mt. Vernon processing potential recipients in the City’s “Level Up” Program, whereby some lucky families will be receiving $6,000.00 over a year to help them really stabilize their housing. This had a short window to propose potential recipients, who will ultimately be drawn via a lottery. MVUT assisted in processing 18 potential recipients.

Tenant Action Project (TAP)

This is our building organization campaign. For the last few years as a result of the pandemic, there had been very little building organizing as tenants, as most everyone, were reluctant to participate in meetings with others. This put a realstop in MVUT holding tenant building organizing meetings. Things are starting to open up a bit and we’re beginning olrganizing campaigns or following up with already established tenant associations in the following buildings:

– 229 So.7th Avenue – 150 So. Fifth Avenue – 138 So. Fifth Avenue – 21 West Sanford Blvd – 20 East Third St.

– The Plaza Buildings (40 E. Sidney Avenue, 30 Park Avenue, 33 North Third Avenue and 111 North Third Avenue)

Tenants’ Rights Workshops

With the City of Mt. Vemon (both the Department of Planninq and and the Department of Buildings) we’ll be organizing Tenants’ Riqhts Workshops in English on Thursday, November 17 at the Doles Center, and in Spanish on Sunday, November 20 after mass at St. Mary’s Church on South Terrace Avenue (see two (2) sided flyer)  Mark your calendars now!

Statewide Right to Counsel (RTC)

A few of us will drive to Albany on Monday, November 21 for the “Statewide Kickoff” of the 2023 eampaign to pass a “Right to Counsel” Bill (see enclosed flyer). lf you’d like to join us, call MVUT at (914) 699-1114

Furniture Sharehouse

During the pandemic, Fumiture Sharehouse eliminated client visits to the Sharehouse so that tenants could not directly pick out their own furniture. They were able to view things remotely, but it was not the same as the actual shopping experience that so many of MVUT’s members had become accustomed to. Great News!! Fumiture Sharehouse has re-established direct personal client visits! Yeah!! MVUT has just recently brought three (3) separate clients to the Sharehouse and we’re looking forward to bringing many more in the upcoming months. lf you or someone you know needs good quali$, gently used fumiture, please callthe MVUT office. While the furniture is free there a couple of costs involved. lnterested parties have to pay MVUT a $25 referral fee as we are charged that by the Furniture Sharehouse. We drive the client up to the Furniture Sharehouse at the Westchester County Airport where a Furniture Sharehousq volunteer assists the client in selecting the furniture.

For the delivery of the furniture from the Sharehouse, there are three options:

lf the client has their own truck or access to a truck, they wouldljust bring it to the Sharehouse on the date of their visit. Most tenants do not have a truck, nor access to a tnuck. They would then have two option:

1.) Pay $75 for “curbside delivery” at their home Orr
2.) Pay $150 for “Full Delivery’where the drivers from Furniture Sharehouse bring the fumiture direclly into the client’s apartment

To get furniture from the Fumiture Sharehouse you must go through a “member organization’such as MVUT. lf you’re interested call MVUT at (914) 699-1114

MVUT Annual Meeting

MVUT normally holds its Annual Meeting on the first Tuesday of October. However that date conflicted with the annual conference for the Neishborhood Preservation Program (NPP) which is MVUT’s biggest funding source. Further, Dennis developed Covid-19 the first week of October and had been out of the office for a couple of weeks. Accordingly we’ll be holding the Annual Meeting on Tuesday November 29 (see copy of flyer).   Feel free to copy and encourage tenants in your building to attend. We’re doing a lot for tenants, we will do even more!

To help us to do even more, your financial contribution is essential. Please make a generous donation now!

Yes, I want to help MVUT BECOME EVEN STRONGER.

Enclosed find my contribution of ___$25  ___$50  ___$100  ___$200  ___other

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Mail: P. O. Box 2107 – Office: 2 Gramdan Avenue – Suile 3O4 – Mt. Vemon, N- Y. 10551
Phone (914) 699-1114 – Fax (914) 699-7149
Email: mvut [at] erols.com   Website:  www.MVUT.org

Download Full November Mailing – PDF (6 Pages)

Download News and Update – PDF (2 Pages)

Download 11-17-22 Tenants Rights Workshop Flyer (English and Spanish) – 2 Pages

Download MVUT Annual Meeting Flyer (1 Page)

Download 11-21-22 Right To Counsel Rally Flyer (1 page)