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Mid-December 2021 News and Update

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

As we bring 2021 to a close, we’re hoping everyone had a great Thanksgiving, and will also have a safe, secure and joyous holiday season (Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza, New Year’s, etc.)
It’s been a challenging and rewarding year for MVUT. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to ravage our community, impacting all of us in so many hurtful ways. lt’s at times like these that we really need COMMUNITY! MVUT works day-in, day out, to provide that – keeping people in their homes, improving services for tenants and fighting landlord harassment throughout Mount Vernon and all over Westchester County!

A major part of our work all year long has been fighting the pandemic through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). MVUT has successfully submitted hundreds of applications directly for tenants who had either lost income or had additional expenses as a result of Covid 19. In numerous other cases we assisted others in uploading documents or referring tenants to make their own applications directly. We helped countless tenants in filing “Hardship” applications to the court to prevent their court cases from proceeding until after the moratorium ends on Januarv 15.2022. All of these efforts have allowed tenants to maintain some level of normalcy during these terrible times.

We’re enclosing a copy of a November 21, 202 1 Sunday Journal News article “Despite Backlog, N.Y. Ends $2.4 Billion Relief Program” which highlights some of the great work MVUT is doing. The heading is somewhat misleading. We’re still processing ERAP applications as additional New York State funding has been made available and we’re hopeful significant new federal dollars will be as well. Please contact the office if you, or someone you know may need ERAP assistance.

Have you made your tax-free contribution to MVUT?  If not, please do so now. Remember, contributions to MVUT are tax-deductible. We’re enclosing a self addressed return envelope for your convenience.

Thanks and have a great holiday season!!!

We’ll see you in the New Year ! ! !

Download 12-20-21 Journal News Article (PDF)

Download MVUT Dec 2021 News and Update (PDF)

Early November 2021 – News and Update

MVUT Annual Meeting

At our Annual Meeting held on Tuesday October 12, we re-elected two (2) sitting board members to three (3) year terms: Deborah Carter of 300 Gramatan Avenue, and David Locklear of 60 East First Street. A third open seat was not filled and an additional seat became open as a result of Vivian Spady (of New Rochelle) having been hired as a staff person to work on the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). We thus have two (2) vacancies on our board. We’d like to have at least one (1) if not both of those vacancies filled by tenants from the southside as our major state funding source, the Neighborhood Preservation Program (NPP) requires that a third of our board be residents of the southside, our “Neighborhood” according to the NPP.

As always, we reviewed the many accomplishments of the past year and previewed the upcoming challenges of the New Year. Key on both points is the pandemic and our ERAP efforts.

Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

MVUT cosponsored two (2) workshops on various housing issues with a primary focus on IERAP: Thursday October 7th at St. Mary’s Church on South High Street in Spanish, and Thursday October 21″1 at Greater Centennial Church on South 8th Avenue in English. The City of Mt. Vernon co-sponsored both events along with Legal Services of the Hudson Valley (LSHV) , Hudson Valley Justice Center (HVJC), Catholic Charities and the Human Rights Commission of Westchester. The workshops were primarily attended via ZOOM and included tremendous amounts of important and vital tenants’ rights information. We mentioned above that Vivian Spady has come onto the MVUT staff to work on processing ERAP applications. As of October 22 MVUT had already completed three hundred twenty-seven (327) ERAP applications, uploaded documents for an additional two hundred twenty-five (225) clients, and referred a further six hundred sixty-five (665) tenants to the ERAP e-mail and/or Hotline!

We are enclosing a two (2) sided flyer on ERAP with instructions on how to apply and specific contact info on MVUT, LSHV and Catholic Charities. Please share it with your neighbors.

$$ For MVUT

As always we ask that you support MVUT financially to enable us to build on our successes. Especially at this time, around the end of the calendar year, many people are looking to make tax-deductible donations. Maybe you can make such a contribution? Or maybe you know someone who can ? A parent? An aunt or uncle? A friend? A friend of a friend? Any “person of means” could be looking to make a year-end contribution. MVUT is a 501(c)(3) organization and donations from any person are fully tax-deductible under the Internal Revenue Service (lRS) Code! Please put an)’one who may be in a position to make such a contribution in touch with us. We could really use it!!!

We’re enclosing an October 27,2021, Journal News Article on the City of Newburgh, New York, passing a “good cause” eviction law. MVUT is working in coalition with various other organizations on this issue, both locally and statewide, and similarly for a “Right To Counsel” ordinance both county-wide and state-wide. More in an upcoming mailing.

SUPPORT TENANTS’ RIGHTS !
SUPPORT AFFORDABLE HOUSING ! !
SUPPORT MVUT !!!

Download MVUT ERAP Application

Newburgh Passes Good Cause Eviction Law

Mid-August 2020 – “News and Update”

Census 2020

Mt. Vernon has had the lowest percentage of residents in Westchester successfully completing the Census 2020 form. THIS lS TERRIBLE!  We must do everything in our power to get everyone to complete the Census form. Everyone should be not only completing their own forms, but just as importantly, helping to get others (friends, relatives, neighbors and others) to complete the Census.  People can come to the MVUT office, where we have Census tablets and can assist them in completing it. lt only takes ten (10) to fifteen (15) minutes.

Mt. Vernon stands to lose tens of millions of dollars over the next ten (10) years if we do not do better at getting everyone to complete the Census count.  Make this a priority! Tell everyone — Do the Census.

To further do MVUT’S part in trying to increase our percentage of people completing the Census, we’ll be setting up a table in front of ouroffice at 2 Gramatan Avenueto have people who are passing by fill out the Census tablet right there. We need volunteers to help sit at the table and to assist people in answeringthe questions. We’ll train anyone who can help. lt’s quite easy, but we need volunteers to help!   Call the office at (914) 699-1114 Ext. 303 if you’d like to help.  PLEASE!

YOU HAVE NOTHING TO BE AFRAID OF!  All information provided to the Census is confidential.  Even if you or someone you know is undocumented, it does not matter. The information cannot be shared with other government agencies.

Countv Legislator Lyndon Williams 

Early August was an especially significant period for Mt. Vernon’s County Legislator Lyndon Williams.

  1. Williams is relinquishing his County Legislator seat as he has been appointed to the Mt. Vernon City Court to replace Judge Adrian Armstrong who has been elevated to the New York State Court of Claims. Dennis was a member of the Judicial Appointment Committee who interviewed six (6) applicants for the Mt. Vernon Judgeship. All six were very impressive and the committee narrowed that field to three candidates which were submitted to Mayor Shawyn Patterson Howard. The mayor then selected Lyndon Williams out of the three (3) candidates. Lyndon will serve the unexpired term of Judge Armstrong which will only run till November of this year. Mr. Williams has committed to run for reelection in November.  The Judge’s term is for ten (10) years but Lyndon Williams would only be eligible to serve for four (4) years because at that time he would have reached the mandatory retirement age of seventy (70).
  2. On Wednesday August 5, Mr. Williams and our County Executive George Latimer held a press conference at Memorial Field with an “official groundbreaking”. (See enclosed copy of Legislator Williams’ newsletter with an 8/6/20 Journal News piece on the reverse side.) HALLELUJAH! For far too long Memorial Field has been an unmitigated mess.  Mt. Vernon’s youth have been the real victims here as they have been denied the incredible recreational value that Memorial Field has long offered us all. Through hard work and commitment both Legislator Williams and County Executive Latimer have helped to bring an end to this disaster.  Cards and/or letters of thanks to both would be appropriate.
  • County Legislator Lyndon Williams (still can receive mail here)
    Westchester County office Bldg.
    148 Martine Avenue. 8th Floor
    White Plains, NY 10601
    (914) 924-7552
  • County Executive George Latimer
    Westchester County office Bldg.
    148 Martine Avenue. 9th Floor
    White Plains, NY  10601
    (914) 995-2908

$ For MVUT 

Many of you have responded generously to our appeal in our last mailing. Thank youl Thank you! Thank you! We desperately need it.   How about the rest of you? We’ve reported on all of our great victories and our ongoing campaigns.   We believe we’ve truly earned your support.  Please make a donation today.

Civil Rights Rollback in Housing

We’re enclosing two (2) pieces from the National Housing Law Proiect (NHLP) regarding the Trump administrstion’s attack on fair housing, and a Fact Sheet entitled “Discrimination Based On Race” from the Westchester County Human Rights Commission.

Covid-19

Please be careful and stay safe!
Always wear a mask when you go out
Honor Social distancing (6 feet)
Wash your hands regularly!

Download Mid-August 2020 – “News and Update” (PDF Version)

Download Lyndon Williams News Release (PDF)

Download National Housing Law Project Flyer on Civil Rights Rollback (PDF)