North Star Fund made a Rapid Response grant of $5,000 to Upstate/Downstate Housing Alliance’s statewide retreat to build momentum for an expansive, inspiring, and successful rent law fight in 2019.
Who is the Upstate/Downstate Housing Alliance?
From Rochester to Buffalo to Binghamton to New York City, the Upstate/Downstate Housing Alliance is building the power of tenants and homeless New Yorkers to end the housing affordability crisis in New York.
New York State is facing an unprecedented housing crisis. Across the state, rents are rising faster than incomes, and tenants are being pushed out of their homes. Eviction is a leading cause of poverty; it disrupts educational outcomes and job security. As of fall 2018, 89,000 people are homeless in New York, and 1 in 10 public school students in New York City experienced homelessness at some point during the 2017/18 school year.
Based on what housing organizers have learned from previous rent laws fights, they formed the Upstate/Downstate Housing Alliance in 2017, laying the groundwork for a broader base. For the groups that make up the alliance, this retreat presents opportunities to build solidarity with tenants and advocates all over the state and connect local fights to a statewide movement.
This is a unique political moment when tenants can pressure state legislators to strengthen and expand the existing rent regulations scheduled to expire this June.
The energy and potential opportunities arising from this campaign season make this a critical time to:
- Bring the coalition together to share knowledge about the organizing and political work happening in different parts of the state
- Create a plan for getting legislation introduced, heard in committee, and ultimately passed before June 2019
What can you do?
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