Mount Vernon “RISE” (Report-Inspect-Service-Enhance) Survey

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Mount Vernon “RISE” (Report-Inspect-Service-Enhance) 

MVUT has been working with the Mt. Vernon Dept. of Planning and Community Development (MV-PCD) and various organizations and activists on RISE to improve the “Quality of Life” throughout Mount Vernon.

We’re setting up tenant meetings throughout the city and we’re distributing and collecting “Quality of Life Surveys.”

Please fill out the Survey and get it back to MVUT by either dropping it off at our office; mailing it back to us at PO Box 2107, Mt. Vernon, NY 10551; faxing it to us at (914) 699-7449; or emailing it to us at mvut [@] erols.com.

We’re in contract with MV-PCD so it’s important that we collect as many of these “Quality of Life Surveys” as possible.

Thanks for your help! Working together we can all make Mount Vernon a better place to live and work in!! 

Early/Mid July 2019 “News and Update”

EARLY/MIDJULY 2019 NEWS & UPDATE” 

Rent Law Renewal Campaign 

MVUT has been working with numerous New York City tenant associations, and other housing organizations over the last four (4) years to renew and strengthen the state tenant rent and eviction laws. MVUT was the only non-New York City tenants association on the Steering Committee of the Real Rent Reform (R3) campaign. The R3 campaign grew to help form the statewide Housing Justice 4 All (HJ4A) coalition which ultimately pushed the state legislature to pass the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019. This law is the most important state tenant legislation passed since rent stabilization (ETPA) was adopted in 1974. It provided virtually everything that the tenant movement was advocating for. It’s an incredible victory for tenants. HOORAY!!! We’re enclosing a three (3) page “Memo to Members” from the National Low-Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) explaining the improvements in the law. We’re also enclosing a Fundraising Flyer which further explicates the improvements. Please return in the self addressed envelope with a generous contribution. Thank you. 

Westchester Rent Guidelines Board (WRGB) 

In the wake of the huge state legislative victory, the WRGB granted Westchester landlords Guidance increases of 1.75% for one (1) year lease renewals and 2.75% for two (2) year lease renewals. We’re enclosing a July 1, 2019 article from The Journal News explaining this on the reverse side of the third page of the NLIHC “Memo to Members”). These Guidelines apply to any lease renewals that commence between October 1, 2019-September 30, 2020. MVUT’s own, Tamara Stewart, now one (1) of the two (2) tenant representatives on the WRGB did a great job. The landlords were seeking increases of 6% and 12%! They know no shame! 

Thanks Tamara! 

Mount Vernon “RISE” (Report-Inspect-Service-Enhance) 

MVUT has been working with the Mt. Vernon Dept. of Planning and Community Development (MV-PCD) and various organizations and activists on RISE to improve the “Quality of Life” throughout Mount Vernon. We’re setting up tenant meetings throughout the city and we’re distributing and collecting “Quality of Life Surveys” (see enclosed). Please fill out the Survey and get it back to MVUT by either dropping it off at our office; mailing it back to us at PO Box 2107, Mt. Vernon, NY 10551; faxing it to us at (914) 699-7449; or emailing it to us at mvut [@] erols.com. We’re in contract with MV-PCD so it’s important that we collect as many of these “Quality of Life Surveys” as possible. Thanks for your help! Working together we can all make Mount Vernon a better place to live and work in!! 

Please make as generous a contribution as possible and encourage others in your building and neighborhood to do the same. MVUT’s working overtime for you and winning on a number of fronts as evidenced by the above. PLEASE support us NOW !! 

Support Tenants’ Rights! 

Support Affordable Housing!! 

Support MVUT!!! 

 

Tenants Win!   Big Victory!!

Rent-stabilized tenants* scored their BIGGEST win ever in Albany this Spring! The Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019 granted New York State tenants virtually everything the tenant movement had been pushing for! Some of the incredible improvements:

Extends the state rent and eviction laws and makes them permanent. No more future landlords’ attempts to weaken the laws in “sunset years”!

  • Allows all communities in NYS to “opt-in” to rent stabilization. Presently only the five (5) boroughs in NYC and municipalities in Westchester, Rockland and Nassau are covered!
  • Repeals “Vacancy Decontrol”, the mechanism that allowed landlords to get out of rent stabilization!
  • Repeals the “Vacancy Bonus” of 20% which dramatically raised rents. It was also regularly abused by landlords!
  • Reforms the “Preferential Rent” system, protecting tenants from increases of hundreds of dollars upon lease renewal!
  • Dramatically lowers and limits increases that landlords can receive under Major Capital Improvements (MCIs) and Individual Apartment Improvements (LAIS)!
  • Eliminates the statutory 7.5% Rent Control increases!
  • Numerous other technical/administrative improvements!

*You are rent-stabilized if your building has six (6) or more apartments; was built before January 1, 1974; and is not a federally-assisted building, e.g. all Section 8.

MVUT was a key player in the statewide campaign. MVUT got the Westchester County Board of Legislators (W-BOL) to pass a strong resolution in support of the tenants’ demands. MVUT got ALL of the Westchester State Legislative delegation on board in support of the tenants’ movement demands. As a result – Tenants win BIG!

It’s time for YOU, and all tenants to support MVUT. As a result of the laws, all tenants will be saving hundreds, and probably thousands of dollars over the course of their tenancy! The answer is clear:

SUPPORT MVUT!! 

Detach here and use self-addressed envelope to return.

Yes, I agree, MVUT is helping me and all rent-stabilized tenants. Congratulations on your BIG victory. I am enclosing my donation of:

_$ 50, _ _$75, ___$ 100, ___$ 200 – $500  Other_ __

 

Mt. Vernon United Tenants, Inc.
P. O. Box 2107, Mt. Vernon, N. Y. 10551

Office: 2 Gramatan Avenue Suite 304 Mt. Vernon, N. Y. 10550
Phone (914) 6991114 Fax (914) 6997449
Email: mvut[@] erols.com Website: www.mvut.org

 

Mt Vernon RISE

National Low Income Housing Coalition Memo

Fundraising Flyer

Mid-July 2019 Update

 

Mid-March 2019 News and Update

Mount Vernon United Tenants (MVUT) remains busy on a wide variety of fronts!

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Code Enforcement and Quality of Life

This past Tuesday, March 19, a number of MVUT Board Members attended a special meeting organized by the Citys Dept. of Planning & Community Development (PCD) on Code Enforcementand Quality of Life. PCD is going to contract with MVUT on various aspects of this campaign. This is a long overdue project. We have an aging housing stock and much of it is being overutilized. We have to insure the safety and integrity of our housing, while at the same time protecting tenants who may live in substandard housing.

New York State Neighborhood Preservation Coalition (NYS/NPC)

Once again, MVUT organized the Westchester bus for the six (6) groups that get state funding under the Neighborhood Preservation Program (NPP). We had a very successful Lobby Day on March 6, meeting with representatives of all of the Westchester delegation, all of whom were supportive. As proof of our effectiveness, both the State Senate and Assembly included increased funding in their respective one (1) House Bills.

People should call and/or write the Legislators and thank them for their support, and tell them to maintain that commitment through the end of the budget season (April). Tell them the NPP is too valuable a program to be whittled away or undermined in late budget deals with the GovernorFULL FUNDING FOR NPP!   To find the legislator that represents you, visit:  www.nyassembly.gov and www.nysenate.gov

Disability Advisory Board

Our neighbors with disabilities face a number of issues including a lack of services, inaccessible buildings and streets, and of course; the lack of accessible, truly affordable housing. Mount Vernon United Tenants has proudly joined Westchester Disabled On The Move in supporting and aiding The Mount Vernon Disability Advisory Board Committee. The Committee is a dedicated group of Mount Vernon residents with disabilities working towards the creation of an official city Disability Advisory Board. Such a board would advise the city on innovative ways to address these issues from the perspective of those who directly experience them. To learn more about the groups vision and how to support them please contact member Ansel Lurio  at aw12011 [at] gmail.com or (646) 5221115.

Statewide “Source of Income” NonDiscrimination Ordinance

MVUT will be participating in a statewide conference call under the rubric #BanIncomeBiasNY on Thursday March 19. Well have further news in the next mailing (out late next week).

Westchester Social Justice Forum

This coming Sunday March 24 WESPAC (www.WESPAC.org) and a number of other organizations are holding their annual Westchester Social Justice Forum at 12:30 pm in the Music Building at SUNY Purchase. MVUT will be participating. In addition to exciting workshops, Amy Goodman of WBAI radio (99.5 FM) will be the featured speaker. Amy, in the view of many, is the premier journalist in America. She will be highly engaging, informative and challenging.

Housing Seminars

County Legislator, Damon Maher is sponsoring two (2) Housing Seminars at the New Rochelle Public Library, primarily dealing with Fair and Affordable Housingissues. The first one was held during daytime hours on March 13. The second one is scheduled for Tuesday March 26 at 6:00 pm.

Right To CounselDennis and an attorney from Legal Services of the Hudson Valley (LSHV) will be going down to NYC for a meeting with NYC activists who worked on the campaign to get the City to adopt the Right to Counselconcept on Thursday March 28. While the Westchester campaign is in its early stages, it is important for us to find out what has worked elsewhere, and how we can best design our campaign and plan future actions,

State of CountyAddress The annual address by the County Executive detailing what has been going on for the last year and what we should be looking at into the upcoming year, will be held on Thursday April 11 at 7:00 pm in the Legislative Chambers on the 8th Floor of the County Office Building at 148 Martine Avenue (corner of Court Street) in White Plains.

The relatively new County Executive George Latimer is a longtime friend of MVUT. He came to this past years Holiday Gatheringand while a legislator, came to numerous MVUT office meetings. He is a former tenant leader in Mount Vernon, and professionally ran the Mt. Vernon Section 8 Program years ago!

In addition to all of this issue work, still by far the major amount of time and energy of MVUT is spent on case management of tenants at riskof eviction. Well have a report on the numbers of evictions prevented, and families or individuals rehoused in the next couple of mailings. Stay tuned.

Please help us financially as we are in bad shape!!

Many have answered the call. Most have not. Please do so today.

*Were enclosing an article, Capital Improvements are A Nightmare For Tenants by tenant activist Anita Long which highlights a way that landlords further victimize rent regulated tenants!

Support Tenants’ Rights!

Support Affordable Housing!!

Support MVUT!!!

Download Mid-March News and Update (PDF)