[COMM-ORG] Metropolitan Council on Housing update

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 From: Metropolitan Council on Housing <active at metcouncil.net>


Direct Action Training & Planning Meeting for Protests to Strengthen Our
Rent Laws

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - 5:45 PM

339 Lafayette Street (Manhattan), 3rd Floor

Subway: 6 to Bleecker St.;

B/D/F/M to Broadway-Lafayette; N/R to Prince St.

**Note: meeting is on the 3rd floor of a walk-up / no elevator access

If you're ready to plan and participate in high-energy protests to raise
the profile
of our fight to strengthen our rent laws, please come to our initial
planning meeting.
We'll hear from experts in the art of direct-action protest and then
start planning
higher profile events to demand that our rent laws be strengthened!

RSVPs are not needed, but they are appreciated:

active at metcouncil.net [mailto:active at metcouncil.net] / 212-979-6238 x200

Come to the RGB's Preliminary Vote

Protest for Stronger Rent Laws

The Rent Guidelines Board's Preliminary Vote will be on May 3.

In addition to mobilizing to prevent high rent increases for
rent-stabilized tenants,
we are organizing a pre-vote protest for stronger rent laws - please
arrive by 4:30

The RGB's rent hikes have been excessive...

and rent hikes on deregulated units are outrageous!

Rally to Keep NYC Affordable!

Renew Our Rent Laws & End Destabilization!

Fairness to Tenants at the RGB!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011 - 4:30PM - Protest

Cooper Union - 7 East 7th Street at the Bowery

Subway: 6 to Astor Place, N/R to 8th Street

The RGB's deliberations on rent increases begin at 5:30 PM

Housing Notebook

Voice of the Tenant Movement

Scott Sommer will host Housing Notebook on Monday, April 25, 2011, at 8
PM. He'll
be joined by Met Council on Housing's executive director, Mario Mazzoni,
to talk
 about escalating tactics in the struggle to win stronger
rent-regulation laws in
2011. The call-in number is 212-209-2900.

Housing Notebook, a production of the Metropolitan Council on Housing,
airs Mondays on WBAI, 99.5 FM, from 8 to 9 PM in the New York
metropolitan area,
 and on the World Wide Web at www.wbai.org
Programs are archived for 90 days at www.archive.wbai.org

News You May Have Missed

Immigrants on front lines of housing fight

First-generation New Yorkers are more likely to reside in rent-regulated
 than the rest of us. So as Albany weighs weakening or strengthening
rent rules,
 some immigrants are raising their voices.

A Chinatown fire, one year later

A year after a fire destroyed three buildings, repairs have yet to begin
at the
one building still standing, and the tenants in its 13 apartments have
yet to return
to their homes.

Minority pols urge Gov. Cuomo to champion stronger rent laws

The battle over New York's expiring rent regulations is a "defining"
issue for Gov.
Cuomo's strained relationship with minority communities, lawmakers told
the Daily


Join the Metropolitan Council on Housing today and get involved in the
fight for
 decent, affordable housing!
Our members are the heart and soul of our work - leading our campaigns,
and providing nearly all of our financial support! We depend on the
efforts, and
 the membership dues, of people like you, for everything that we do.
To become a member and learn about the important work of Met Council on
 go to: metcouncil.net/join.htm
Members receive a free subscription to our monthly publication,


Call Met Council on Housing's tenants' rights telephone hotline at
between the hours of 1:30 and 5:00 PM on Mondays, Wednesdays, and
Fridays, for brief
answers to questions about your rights as a tenant, help in organizing a
association in your building, or referrals.


Met Council on Housing's free clinic offers tenants assistance with
We meet at the offices of the Cooper Square Committee, located at 61
East 4th Street
in Manhattan, every
Tuesday beginning at 6:30pm.
By subway: 6 to Astor Place; F to 2nd Avenue; or N/R to 8th Street.
Please bring all paperwork associated with your case.


>From October 1 through May 31, landlords must provide heat at the
following levels:


If the outside temperature falls below 55 degrees, the inside 
temperature must
be at least 68 degrees everywhere in your apartment.


If  the outside temperature falls below 40 degrees, the inside
temperature  must
 be at least 55 degrees everywhere in your apartment.

Hot water

at a minimum of 120 degrees at the tap must be provided 24 hours a day,
all year

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In Solidarity,
Metropolitan Council on Housing

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