Today was the first hearing of the Rent Guidelines Board (RGB), which decides how much rents increase every year in NYC.  The Mayor appoints all 9 members of the board, and during his campaign Mayor de Blasio supported a rent freeze.  Coalition leaders Iva, Redoneva, Paulette, Marquetta, Jean, Gordon, and Lloyd joined more than two […]

New York Foundation reports on our recent celebration of the hard work and success at Homewood Gardens

Coalition leaders Georges, Jean, Thomas, Louise, and Ann Marie join other community members at Assemblywoman Rhoda Jacob’s Advisory Council meeting to discuss priorities for Flatbush families. Tenant rights and affordable housing were at the top of the list.  Top:  Georges asks Assemblywoman Jacobs how, exactly, she plans to achieve the legislation and programs she supports […]

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Here at the Flatbush Tenant Coalition, we develop & support amazing leaders who fight hard for their rights and the rights of their fellow tenants.  Below is an account of one of those fights, as told by “Ms. S”, one of the tenant leaders in the Homewood Gardens Tenant Association.  The association just won an […]

Coalition leader Gloria Campbell asks candidates how they would change the process for selecting Rent Guidelines Board members.

On June 15th, the Flatbush Tenant Coalition held our 2013 City Council Candidates Forum. Candidates running for Council in the 40th, 41st and 45th districts making up the Coalition constituency, were on hand to answer questions ranging from the make up to the Rent Guidelines Board to campaign financing, After School funding and city budget priorities. […]

A recent article in the New York Times, “Gentrifying Into the Shelters” examines how rapidly increasing housing prices in Bed-Stuy have pushed working class families out of their homes and out of the neighborhood.  The link between gentrification and displacement is indisputable.  But there are some questions the article doesn’t answer (or ask):  Bed-Stuy has […]

Tomorrow, Tues. June 25th, we are building on the incredible momentum from our City Council Candidate forum by taking part in a Mayoral Forum with other tenants and housing groups from across NYC.  The event starts at 7 p.m. at the Calvary/St. George’s Church – 4 Rutherford Place (east of Third Ave, between E. 16th and E. 17th […]

Last night, the Rent Guidelines Board approved one of the steepest rent hikes in years for rent stabilized tenants:  4% for one year leases, and 7.75% for two year leases.  Ruth Riddick, a Coalition leader who attended the meeting, reported her take on the event: tenant protests were little more than background noise for RGB […]

Every year, the Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) decides how much rents will go up for rent regulated tenants in NYC.  The RGB is made up of 9 members, all chosen by the Mayor.  One of our Coalition leaders, Ruth Riddick, recently investigated the RGB’s recommendations for rent hikes this year.  Here is her update and […]

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