Petition Tag - affordable housing

1. Vote YES to Amend 8-30g - CT Affordable Housing Statute

The City of Milford is being assaulted by predatory developers. These developers are circumventing local zoning regulations by filing applications under the 8-30g Affordable Housing Statute. There are several other communities that are also under assault by the current statute. The current statute has seen MINOR changes in its nearly 30 year history. It #1 is simply not working- only 5,000 units have been built under the statute. #2 Predatory developers are abusing the law for their own personal gain, with no regard to zoning regulations, neighborhoods, traffic congestion, building height consideration, lot line consideration, or planning. These developments are: not in keeping with the neighborhood, they are not being built near a city or transportation center- they are being crammed into our highly dense neighborhoods.

"The group Partnership for Strong Communities is opposed to any changes to the Affordable Housing Appeals Procedure (Sec. 8-30g) as contained in SB-535, HB-6880, and HB-7057. These bills will weaken Section 8-30g and will therefore work against the goal of increasing the number of affordable homes in towns across the state and will reduce the opportunity for diverse housing stock."

Partnership for Strong Communities is circulating a statewide petition to vote NO against our bills that will offer some relief to cities and towns WITHOUT compromising the building of Affordable Housing under current law. These bills will NOT weaken SS8-30g.

2. Stop Glendale Rd Development

We would like to see the 4 planed affordable home building lots on Glendale Rd reconsidered for other uses.

We ask for this consideration due to the fact that the city is over the recommended 10% of affordable housing already in Northampton.

Additionally, similar projects are currently in process throughout the city that allow for more affordable housing other than the Glendale Rd development.

Within these projects, there are both affordable housing and non-delegated housing lots planed.

The residents of Glendale Rd and surrounding neighborhoods request that this same mixed allocation of lots be considered in this development.

3. Tell the Planning and Zoning Board Our Seniors Need Affordable Housing!

Home prices and apartment rents are at all-time highs in Fort Collins, and the lack of affordable housing is becoming a huge problem for seniors on fixed incomes.

McDermott Properties has submitted an application to the City of Fort Collins Planning and Zoning Board to develop Oakridge Crossing, a new apartment community for independent adults ages 62 and older. Oakridge Crossing will contain 110 apartments with rents set significantly below market rates.

Seniors provide many benefits to our city through their wealth of knowledge and experience. Without developments like Oakridge Crossing, many seniors will be priced out of the housing market and have to leave Fort Collins to find affordable places to live.

The project is being opposed by some owners of adjacent properties, and we need your help to convince the Planning and Zoning Board that the development of Oakridge Crossing is strongly supported by the majority in our community. Please sign the petition below now, to urge the Board to approve Oakridge Crossing.

4. Approve Ohana Units and ADUs on Hawaiian Home Lands

The Problem
Due to the lack of affordable housing both on and off Hawaiian Home Lands, many homesteader families live in overcrowded, unsafe conditions. The average lessee household consists of 4.2 people, compared to the statewide average of 3 people per household. One in four lessees feel they need additional square footage to adequately house their families (Department of Hawaiian Home Lands Lessee Survey Report 2014).

In the most unfortunate circumstances, our native Hawaiian families must separate, forcing many into homelessness.

In September 2015, the Mahoe family was the first family to request a slot on the Hawaiian Homes Commission agenda to ask for approval to build an ohana unit. The family has made this request six times, but the Hawaiian Homes Commission Chairperson has refused to place the family’s request on the agenda for action. By refusing to consider ohana units, the HHC is prolonging the housing crisis that leaves so many Hawaiians without adequate, affordable housing.

The Solution
An ohana unit is a secondary unit that can be added to the lot of an existing house, and can provide living space for the lot owner's family members. Ohana units can provide relief to overcrowded households, giving multigenerational native Hawaiian families the space they need to live comfortably. Ohana units have existed in Hawaii for decades, but so far none have been approved on Hawaiian Home Lands.

In addition to Ohana units, homesteaders are allowed by the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act to rent an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) to another native Hawaiian individual or family, which would generate income for them. They could use these funds to help with their everyday expenses or payment of existing mortgages. There is great demand for this.

Ohana units and ADUs could be an immediate housing solution for hundreds of families on Hawaiian Home Lands, and there should be no more delay in approving their construction.

5. Stop Mayor Hales' Public Camping Policy

In October 2015, the City of Portland declared a housing emergency and in response to that declaration, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales has enacted a public camping policy (the “Safe Sleep Policy”) that is: (1) an unlawful legislative act by the mayor; (2) a violation of Oregon statutes (ORS §446.265); (3) exceeds the scope of the city’s housing emergency laws.

In addition to being unlawful, Mayor Hales’ policy has created a health and safety crisis affecting everyone in Portland. Since the Mayor’s camping policy was enacted in February, there has been a reported increase in the number of violent attacks, fires, and assaults on the very people Mayor Hales’ policy claims to support. These inhumane camps put more individuals and families experiencing homelessness at risk while not providing adequate resources or programs to ensure safe and livable conditions.

If you want to STOP the Mayor’s illegal camping policy and START looking for safe, healthy and humane solutions to the housing and homelessness crisis in Portland, then tell the Mayor and the City to end it today.

6. Free the Charleston Tiny Houses

Whereas the City of Charleston has proposed to force evacuation of "Tent City" near the Intersection of Huger Street and Meeting Street in Downtown Charleston; and

Further whereas, several other "tent cities" exist in and near the city which are a consequence of the Charleston area's economy of low paying, often seasonal jobs and a cost of living now well over the national average; and

Further whereas, it would be cruel and unjust to force the residents of tent city to accept housing arrangements which may be unsuited to them which are selected by others to meet an arbitrary deadline after they've been permitted to live there for over two years; and

Further whereas, the Tiny House Fit for A King is nearly completed and four other tiny houses have either been finished or funded and many organizations are prepared to assist in building homes as are the homeless residents of Tent City themselves; and

Further whereas, experience has demonstrated that placing previously unhouse citizens in market rate apartments has a high long term failure rate, resulting in devastating returns to the streets and homelessness; and

Further, whereas, tiny house villages now have ten years of demonstrated success in providing affordable housing for economically challenged citizens at a cost which is a fraction of that of traditional shelters and which can often be completely self supporting; and

Further whereas, the successful establishment of a tiny house village would provide a model for making affordable housing available in the City of Charleston again which could be extended to other groups such as women and children, young people and creative workers so that the city doesn't continue to move towards becoming a place exclusively populated by the wealthy.

7. Stop the planned 63 Unit Affordable Housing Complex on 701 North Street in Milford, CT

Developer: Stone Preserve LLC & Affiliates
Location: 701 North Street, Milford, CT 06461

NEXT INLAND WETLANDS PUBLIC HEARING: Wednesday, May 6th, 2015
at 7:30 at the Parsons Government Center Conference Room C. (PLEASE ATTEND!)

The purpose of this petition is to adequately represent the concerns of the neighbors & citizens of Milford, CT and their objections to the proposed 63 unit affordable housing complex on 701 North Street which will have a severe impact on the surrounding wetlands, existing water tables and natural water run-off, posing health & safety concerns.

This will dramatically and negatively impact people living in Milford, Connecticut, especially those living in the immediate neighborhood. The proposed project of this land would also have an immensely negative effect on our property values, traffic, safety, the quality of life in our neighborhood and does not fit in with the surrounding single family homes of the town of Milford.

We live in a Republic, and under the City Charter, and state and Federal Constitution our Republic clearly spells out that the Common Good along with others not infringing on the peace and tranquility of their neighbors and community is a reasonable and just use of our laws. Stone Preserve LLC will be infringing on OUR peace and tranquility.

**PLEASE SIGN WITH FULL NAME AND ADDRESS - THAT IS THE ONLY WAY WE CAN USE YOUR SIGNATURE**

8. Stop the development of 18 "affordable housing" units in Milford, CT

Developer: 335 Meadowside Road LLC - Fields Brothers - Christopher F. Field of 17 Beacon Hill Lane, Milford
Location: 335 Meadowside Road. Milford, CT 06460

NEXT PLANNING AND ZONING MEETING: Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 7:30 at the City Hall Auditorium, 110 River St. (PLEASE ATTEND!)

The purpose of this petition is to adequately represent the concerns of neighbors in and around the Meadowside Road area related to the proposed 18 "affordable housing" units slated to be built on a lot barely 1-acre in size at 335 Meadowside Road.

This development will dramatically and negatively impact people living in Milford, Connecticut, especially those living in the immediate neighborhood of Meadowside Road and its various cross-streets. Traffic, safety, and health concerns are not only valid, but substantial. Our community's quality of life will be adversely impacted by the clear overcrowding of this small piece of property; run-off with associated flooding, garbage collection and retrieval, and lack of adequate parking/overflow areas are just a few of the issues we will encounter. Can anyone imagine more cars exiting onto Meadowside Road? How about parking on Meadowside Road? Or on the adjacent smaller side-streets?

Developers like Garden Homes and the Fields Brothers cannot be allowed to circumvent our local zoning laws using the 803-g statute as a mask for their real motive - greed. Make no mistake, the ONLY reason developers use this statute is to get what they want, where they want it, knowing local zoning regulations prohibit it. A few years ago, the Fields Brothers were denied by P&Z to build two single-family homes on this same piece of property due to health and safety concerns. Now they expect to build 18 units???!!!

Please join us in making sure developers like the Fields Brothers know the people of Milford Connecticut cannot just be walked on and walked over.

** PLEASE SIGN WITH FULL NAME AND ADDRESS - THAT IS THE ONLY WAY WE CAN USE YOUR SIGNATURE. **

9. Grant Britain Homes

Inside Housing is launching a four-week campaign, Grant Britain Homes, calling on the government to provide grant funding in its 26 June spending review to ensure the continued development of sub-market affordable housing.

We plan to galvanise the housing and construction sector into a united voice to persuade the government that investing in affordable housing is the best-value means of achieving an urgently needed boost to the flagging economy.

The campaign aims are:

- To obtain a commitment from government to provide grant funding to subsidise the development of sub-market rented homes;

- To make this commitment long-term – at least four years – to allow housing providers to write business plans which include the construction of more homes;

- In return, social landlords will commit to helping to reduce the housing benefit bill by delivering more homes at sub-market rents and help support their communities into jobs.

Social landlords have long made the case that building housing at a sub-market rent requires some kind of subsidy. Now the rest of the housing and construction sector needs to join in making the argument for the overwhelming economic and social benefits of investing in affordable housing.

The more support we get, the more likely the government is likely to listen.

10. No to redevelopment plans for Faircharm Trading Estate

Workspace plc, owners of Faircharm Trading Estate, wish to maximise the potential of their site by building residential units on the waterfront of Deptford Creek. They claim to be top providers of employment space, but rather than upgrade the present buildings (which their architects have drawn up feasible plans for), they admit it would be "a missed opportunity" not to capitalise on the riverside aspect and build luxury apartments.

Crossfields residents and other stakeholders on Creekside will lose views and sunlight once the development is built, whilst three years of construction will bring dust and pollution and turn Creekside into a dangerous road for all users and residents.

Only 28 parking spaces are provided – Crossfields already provides free parking for Faircharm, Lewisham College, APT, Laban, Cockpit, Tidemill, high street and Wavelengths users. Workspace also describe Crossfields's private roads (the upkeep of which tenants pay for) as a public pathway to transport links and Deptford High Street.

Many of the existing creative businesses will not be rehoused in the new employment spaces because of their light industrial activities, even though this is a designated business area, with few other such spaces available in the borough. The business space will be reduced by half and house only residential-friendly office-based businesses. Other tenants will not be able to afford to stay.

The ecology of the Creek is threatened by the increase in illumination from electric light, whilst Crossfields residents on Creekside and APT artists will lose sunlight.

Workspace threaten to close the site down if they do not get their way.

NB: Please use a relevant address if you work or live on Creekside.

http://crossfields.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/faircharm-uncreative-quarter-fuq-3.html
http://crossfields.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/faircharm-uncreative-quarter-2.html

11. Provide more affordable public housing for the homeless Australian people

Two ladies and a child are being evicted from their rented home at 4.00pm on 2nd September 2012 and they have been unable to find affordable accommodation.

They are a Grandmother, a Daughter and young Grandson. The Grandmother will be sitting on the steps of Parliament as of 3rd September 2012 to draw attention to their plight.

They have been on the waiting list for public housing for a long time and have been advised it will be many years yet before any vacant homes.

PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION to help Tracey, Skye and D'Orsay Petersen.

12. Lower rent range on (hud)affordable housing

The street homeless population in new york city is increasing, 47% from last year. We need solutions right away on homelessness, shelters, affordable housing.

Why can't shelter residents get the same amount of shelter allowance for a regular affordable housing apartment unit, and it's less then what they pay for each individual in the shelter system?

13. Aid for the poorest of the United States

Billions and billions of U.S. money is sent every year to foreign countries.

Let's temporarily suspend a percentage of foreign aid and concentrate for a while on helping the poorest regions of the United States get a leg up.

14. Don't put Whitgift in the dark

We call for the development to be rejected because:

• The drastic loss of sun and daylight to residents in Whitgift House will place some residents in permanent darkness in the winter, increase their fuel and light bills, and have serious consequences for their quality of life

• The loss of sunlight and daylight to the Lambeth High Street Recreation Ground will have a detrimental effect on the quality of the park especially in winter months

• Less than 10% of the development is being put aside for affordable homes. This borough needs more social and affordable housing and not more housing for millionaires!

• The 138 exclusive car parking spaces are completely unnecessary in an area which has some of the best access to public transport in London and will increase traffic noise and pollution in local streets

We want a development that respects local residents, the amenities and character of our neighbourhood, including the listed buildings and other heritage assets of this area.

15. House Proud - Devolved

As campaigning ahead of May’s national elections hots up in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, social housing is facing the squeeze.

Housing budgets have already been cut across the board and the immediate future appears far from bright for those who rely on social or affordable housing.

It is against this background that we launch House Proud - Devolved - a new stage in our campaign to ensure politicians and decision-makers in The Senedd, Holyrood and Stormont understand housing’s importance.

House Proud was a joint initiative from Inside Housing and the Chartered Institute of Housing, run ahead of the 2010 general election. Its aim was to shout about housing’s crucial contribution to every aspect of social policy. Almost 300 hundred people signed a petition in support of the campaign, the three main political parties included housing pledges in their election manifestos and their leaders pledged their support.

Now, the campaign seeks to prove housing’s case in the devolved nations. Once again we will focus on the significant financial and practical benefits the sector delivers to areas including health, education, anti-social behaviour and sustainability.

16. Save the LA Eco-Village Neighborhood from LAUSD bulldozers!

Thank you! You have all helped convinced LAUSD to build at Site #11, saving housing at the LA Ecovillage neighborhood. We still need you support April 22 @ the Board meeting, 2pm 333 S. Beaudry, Downtown Los Angeles

On April 22nd - Earth Day & Car-free Day in our area of Los Angeles , we look forward to LAUSD sealing the deal on Site #11, that destroys no housing & redevelops previously blighted parking lots & former industrial land into the playing fields and a new elementary school - and encourage them to think about best land use practices in sustainable & community friendly ways...more details to come soon.

L.A. Unified Is at It Again

The Los Angeles Unified School District, which brought the $300 million Belmont Learning Center boondoggle to downtown and Site 9A to Echo Park, is at it again, this time in the Vermont/Beverly neighborhood, home to the Los Angeles Eco-Village.

Owners and residents of the apartment buildings on White House Place and several additional properties on South Madison Avenue, have been notified that their properties are being considered for eminent domain, which would mean their destruction so that the district can build a new school for up to 950 elementary students.

What is wrong with a new school? For starters, a new LAUSD elementary school opened in November 2006 one block away. Another two new elementary schools for approximately 700 students each, Kim Elementary and Harvard Elementary, recently opened about 15 blocks away. All of these new schools have empty seats, according to LAUSD website.

Neighborhoods should not have to choose between schools and housing—why condemn residences instead of parking lots? Once again, the Los Angeles Unified School District is bullying and bulldozing when it has other ways to address the need for schools.

We are in dialogue with their staff to help in their “Partnering to Create Centers for the Community” transition to more humane ways of siting and building a green school that does not threaten neighborhoods or take affordable housing. Site #11 would be an ideal solution to better utilize LAUSD parking lots and transform a blighted industrial area into new fields for Virgil Middle school & site the new elementary school. No housing taken!

As part of the only on-the-ground LEED Neighborhood Development project in L.A., some of the White House Place residents are working to preserve this historically significant housing, built in the 1920s to support the Bimini Baths. They also participate in many LA Eco-Village activities, such as a food co-op, organic gardens, and the Beverly Vermont Community Land Trust. Many Eco-villagers are car-free or car-lite, prefering bikes or public transit. Most work close by or have home-based eco-friendly businesses. They are one of a few urban-based ecovillages, among an international network of ecovillages
demonstrating high quality community living that lessens negative environmental impact.

The L.A. Eco-Village community is committed to education and training designed to contribute to global transformation toward an ecologically, economically, and culturally sustainable future. See Global Ecovillage Network.

Please sign this petition, write the LAUSD school board, or join us for a community meeting with LAUSD on Wednesday March 19th at 6 p.m. at the Virgil Middle School auditorium, 152 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90004 (on Vermont at First Street).

The metro Red Line station at Vermont and Beverly is within easy walking distance. Your voice is needed!

For additional info, visit LA Eco-Village, study the presentation We Live at White House Place or watch the YouTube clips of our first meeting with LAUSD.

Long Version of Jan 9th community meeting with LAUSD



Short Version of Jan 9th community meeting with LAUSD



See articles in CityBeat about our struggle in Bulldozers vs. community and the struggle of the Echo Park neighborhood whose homes are in devastation. Please do not let this happen again.

You may also contact Lara Morrison at (213) 383-8684 (laraeco@hotmail.com),
Robyn Morningstar at (213) 389-6420, Michelle Wong at (310) 801-1303,
(cafesoleil_la@yahoo.com), or Lois Arkin at (213) 738-1254 (crsp@igc.org).
Thank you for your support.

17. National Homeless Awareness Day

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

In a given year 3.5 million Americans will experience homelessness. 800,000 men, women, and children are homeless each night in this nation.

The homeless population is 49% African-American, 35% Caucasian, 13% Hispanic, 2% Native American, and 1% Asian. 40% of the male homeless population is veterans. About 16% of the homeless in the U.S. have severe chronic mental illness. From the 1960's to the early 1980's, 367,000 patients were released from mental institutions, and ended up homeless for lack of having anywhere to go.

About 26% of the homeless population suffers from some form of drug or alchohol abuse. The National Coalition for the Homeless found in 2001 that 42%of the homeless population are employed by day labor agencies, characterized by low pay,no health insurance,no job security and inadequate worker protections.

The federal government says affordable housing should be no more than 30% of a person's income. In 1999, the national two-bedroom housing wage was $11.08: in 2006, the national housing wage was 16.31, a 47% increase. The lack of affordable housing is widely considered to be the main cause of homelessness in the United States today.

18. STRONGER RENT LAWS IN NEW YORK NOW!

The New York State Rent laws were weakened in 1997, giving landlords loopholes and incentives to destroy affordable housing across the state (and particularly in NYC)at an unprecedented rate. It is estimated that there will be no rent-regulated apartments in NYC (read: affordable to all but the upper-middle class, no tenants' rights whatsoever) within 10-15 years under the current Rent Laws. The laws come up for renewal this June. If they are not strengthened NY State residents will continue to be displaced, evicted and face higher rents, living at the mercy of the Reals Estate market. Housing is a human right. Please tell the NY State Government that New York City and State should remain an economically diverse place that puts people before profits!

19. petition to end homelessness in canada

Canada has experienced a serious shoortage of affordable housing over the past few years. As a result many peole have died on our streets and it is a shameful situation for our country. If you wish to sign this petition you must be a Canadian citizen.