This Saturday the tenants of Crown Heights are taking to the streets o tell their landlords that they are fed up with the cycle of displacement and rent overcharges! Tenants will be rallying with elected officials before marching through the neighborhood — stopping at some buildings with the worst landlords — and then ending with a picnic!
Please join us for ANY part of the day.
Media Advisory for June 7th, 2014
Kerri White: (212) 479-3371 // (520) 507-5863 (c)
Joel Feingold: (608) 201-9345
Hundreds of Crown Heights Tenants Rally,March for Housing Justice
Crown Heights Tenant Union, elected officials, and housing advocates call for strengthened tenant protections to end displacement and systematic rent overcharges.
WHO The Crown Heights Tenant Union (CHTU), a new alliance of long-term residents and recently-arrived tenants who have joined forces to fight displacement, harassment, and the rapid loss of affordable housing in Crown Heights. The CHTU will be joined by State Assembly Members Walter Mosley and Karim Camara and housing organizers from the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board.
WHEN Saturday, June 7th 2014, 12:30 pm
WHERE Dr. Ronald McNair Park: Eastern Parkway and Washington Avenue
WHAT Rally and March to end landlord tactics that displace long-term, working-class residents — and to call for meaningful tenant power over affordable housing in one of New York City’s most rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods.
WHY Recent data shows that New York City faces a severe housing crunch, and that the cost of renting in New York City is sky-rocketing. This problem is particularly profound in Crown Heights, where the real estate industry is seeking to profit from rising rents through harassment and displacement of long term residents and illegal overcharging of newcomers. The Crown Heights Tenant Union is using a collective bargaining strategy to push back against these unethical and at-times illegal tactics. CHTU demands include: a five-year rent freeze, a ban on common methods landlords use to vacate rent regulated buildings and convert them into luxury apartments, and radical strengthening of State tenant protection laws. On Saturday, June 7th, the Crown Heights Tenant Union will be calling on BCB Capital Management, Pinnacle Realty, and TGB One Associates, among others, to comply with these demands through a legally binding agreement.