Media Advisory: TENANTS OVERWHELM LA CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

MEDIA ADVISORY                                                                                                                            MEDIA CONTACT(S):

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Pete White (213) 434-1594                                                                                                                                                                         Elizabeth Blaney (323)816-4961

TENANTS OVERWHELM LA CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

Community Organizations and tenants continue to build momentum to secure the Human Right to Housing in light of the recent United Nations report that finds Los Angeles in violation of human rights standards.

WHAT: Hundreds of tenants overwhelm city council chambers to demand that the Mayor and LA City Council make housing for everyone that needs it a top priority. Tenants will present their housing declaration outlining their vision of safe, clean, and truly affordable, housing. They will also deliver public testimony, demand a special public hearing on the state of housing in Los Angeles, and rally outside city hall making their voices heard.

WHEN: March 30, 2010

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

WHERE: Los Angeles City Hall

City Council Chambers, 200 N. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA

WHY: Earlier this month, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing, Raquel Rolnik, released her report and recommendations to the United Nations on the state of housing in the United States. In it she states:

Housing is not simply about bricks and mortar, nor is it simply a financial asset. Housing includes a sense of community, trust and bonds built between neighbours over time; the schools which educate the children; and the businesses which support the local economy and provide needed goods and services. The subprime mortgage crisis has increased an already large gap between the supply and demand of affordable housing, and the economic crisis which followed has led to increased unemployment and an even greater need for affordable housing.”

Despite the report findings that highlighted Los Angeles’ housing violations the City continues to prioritize sustaining the police force while simultaneously cutting services for those most in need.  Additionally, the Department of Housing and Urban Development is constructing legislation to eliminate its public housing stock across the country.

Los Angeles tenant Claudia Gomez states, “with homelessness increasing, now is the time for the city to strengthen its housing policies to protect more tenants and provide housing stability for all its residents. Many of our recommendations can be done at no additional cost to the city.”

WHO: A broad coalition of housing rights organizations which include: Los Angeles Housing Preservation Alliance, Bus Riders Union, Coalition LA, Coalition for Economic Survival, Comunidad Presente, Esperanza Community Housing, Homeless Health Care LA, Hippie Kitchen, Inquilinos Unidos, LA CAN, LACEHH, POWER, SAJE, Union de Vecinos, and our legal supporters.

Specific Media Opportunities: Public testimonies, outside rally.  Spanish speakers will be available.

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One Response to “Media Advisory: TENANTS OVERWHELM LA CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS”

  1. I live in Montclair CA, the city on the border between LA County and San Bernardino County, and it is next to impossible to get anything done about proper housing for the homeless.

    I am a 69 year old woman, homeless and handicapped and the victim of a HUD slum lord owner which the city refuses to cite for violations of crime and unsafe living conditions, and HUD continues to renew their contract with these owners in spite of ongoing complaints to Ray Brewer, Director of LA HUD office who oversees this property.

    We do not have enough people willing to march on Montclair City Hall.

    Montclair offers no help for the homeless.

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