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MEDIA ADVISORY: NYCHA Residents, Community Organizations, and City Leaders to Rally

MEDIA ADVISORY: NYCHA Residents, Community Organizations, and City Leaders to Rally at Governor Hochul’s Manhattan Office on Friday for Rent Relief


With 71,341 NYCHA households at risk of eviction, public housing residents will rally to demand the Governor put $589.4 million towards rental debt relief for public housing residents in the State budget


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 29, 2023


Contact: Zoë Johnson, Communications Manager, Community Voices Heard, zoe@cvhaction.org, 646-407-5557


NEW YORK, NY – On Friday, March 31, at 11am, public housing residents, community organizations, and City leaders will rally for public housing rent relief outside of Governor Hochul’s Manhattan office.


New York State put NYCHA tenants at the back of the line for COVID rent relief. New York was the only state to ignore public housing in its Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP); other states prioritized those most impacted by the pandemic, according to a report by the Community Service Society.


As a result, there are 71,341 NYCHA households at risk of eviction. Households in New York State have a total of $589.4 million in rental arrears.


WHO: Community Voices Heard with public housing tenants and elected officials, including:

  • Barbara Williams, a NYCHA tenant in Harlem

  • Sarah Blas, a NYCHA tenant in Staten Island

  • Ann Valdez, a NYCHA tenant in Brooklyn

  • Alexa Avilés, New York City Council Member, District 38

WHAT: Rally to demand the Governor put $589.4 million towards rental debt relief for public housing residents in the State budget

WHEN: Friday, March 31st, 11am-12pm

WHERE: Governor Hochul’s Manhattan office, 633 3rd Ave (at 41st Street), New York, NY 10017

LIVESTREAM: The event will be livestreamed on Community Voices Heard’s Instagram page - https://instagram.com/cvhaction


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Community Voices Heard (CVH) is a member-led, multi-racial organization principally comprised of women of color and low-income families in New York State. CVH tackles tough issues and builds power to secure racial, social, and economic justice for all New Yorkers. Through grassroots organizing, leadership development, policy changes, and creating new models of direct democracy CVH is creating a truly equitable New York State.

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