On Monday, June 19th Brooklynites gathered in Founder’s Hall at St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights, NY for a public testimony before the Rent Guidelines Board to share their experiences about rent increases and abusive landlords. Tenants were accompanied by housing advocates, organizers, lawyers, and legislators to give a voice to a community that is often ignored. Samantha Lyons, a housing attorney with the Immigrant Tenant Advocacy Program at Catholic Migration Services expressed the need to mobilize the immigrant community so their voices are heard as well.
The Rent Guidelines Board is scheduled to host their final vote at a public hearing on Tuesday, June 27th at Baruch College in Mason Hall. For more information on the vote and to join a rally to the hearing click here.
An undocumented immigrant residing in an apartment complex on Parsons Boulevard in Queens, NY seeks assistance from Catholic Migration and Queens Legal Services after realty company seeks to evict undocumented tenants. The landlord is accused of using scare tactics to encourage neighbors to report suspicious activity to the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement Unit. Posting signs accompanied by tip line numbers, tenants in the largely immigrant community now live in fear. Carlos Ortiz, tenant organizer with Catholic Migration Services shares this unscrupulous approach with NY 1 reporter Ruschell Boone.
Ridgewood resident holds sign while marching to Queens hearing. Photo: Shea Colon
On Monday, June 5th the Rent Guidelines Board hosted their first public hearing in a series of events scheduled to take place throughout the five boroughs. Over 100 tenants accompanied by advocates and organizers with the Rent Justice Coalition marched to the Jamaica Performing Arts Center in Jamaica, Queens to have their voices heard. Those present testified before the board demanding the need for a rent roll back and expressing their concerns with any increase.
Carlos Ortiz, a tenant organizer with Catholic Migration was among those present. He testified and shared his concerns with the Times Ledger.
Yolanda Coca, que en paz descanse, sirvió a sus hermanos con compasión, esperanza y fuerza en una época en que los marginados necesitaban una voz que pudiera luchar por ellos. Fue una activista y líder comunitaria que dedicó su vida al servicio de sus vecinos en Sunset Park, Ridgewood y Bushwick. Muchos de ellos se enfrentaron con la desigualdad en comunidades donde predominaban las familias inmigrantes y de bajos ingresos.
Su trabajo y colaboración con el Centro Scalabrini para familias migrantes y Servicios Católicos de Migración ayudó a expandir los servicios y recursos disponibles a la comunidad.
Catholic Migration Services is honored to host our annual Sunset Reception on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at the Pierrepont House in Brooklyn Heights, NY. As is customary, our attorney’s will share information about each of our program areas, covering immigration, tenant advocacy and workers’ rights.
The event brings together legal professionals seeking to expand their work in the non-profit industry. Be sure to save your spot and fill out the form below.
A tenant resource fair was held in Bushwick on Tuesday, March 28th hosted by the Department of Housing, Preservation and Development along with Councilmembers Antonio Reynoso and Rafael Espinal. The event aimed at informing tenants and providing legal tools and associations to help tenants fight back against landlords and scrupulous tactics. Managing attorney for the housing program with Catholic Migration Services, Andrew Lehrer was among the organizations present.