COUNCIL MEMBER CHIN JOINS COUNCIL’S LGBT CAUCUS TO ANNOUNCE CITYWIDE SURVEY TO ASSESS HOUSING NEEDS OF LGBTQ SENIORS

NEW YORK, NY – Council Member Margaret S. Chin, chair of the Council’s Committee on Aging, joined the Council’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Caucus and community partners to encourage all New Yorkers 50 years or older who identify as LGBTQ to take an important survey on the housing needs of the LGBTQ senior community.

The online survey, which will be live from February 22 to April 15, 2017, can be taken at http://www.lgbtsurvey.org. The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete. The anonymous responses will be used to understand the “housing market profile” of the community and will inform strategies to deal with this upcoming crisis.

“Our city has a solemn obligation to care for our seniors – and that includes members of the Stonewall generation of LGBTQ individuals who led us through the darkest days of the HIV/AIDS crisis and a victorious march towards equality for all,” said Council Member Margaret S. Chin. “This citywide survey will help determine what affordable housing for these seniors will look like, and I encourage these brave warriors and all New Yorkers over 50 years old who identify as LGBTQ to participate. I would also like to thank Stonewall Community Development Corporation and its lead collaborator Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) for their work to get this important survey up-and-running.”

“In 2014, the NYC Council funded an initiative proposed by Councilmember Ritchie Torres and supported by the LGBT Caucus to create a LGBT Senior Center in every borough because it is important that for seniors who wanted to be in an LGBT setting that they have the option of staying in their home borough and not have to commute to Manhattan if they couldn’t or didn’t want to. Our senior citizens and LGBT seniors, in particular, are living in vulnerable situations city-wide and it is important to know what additional obstacles the LGBT elderly population is facing. I applaud the work of the Stonewall Community Development Corporation and its lead collaborator Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) in creating a survey and distributing it to the LGBT community who are over 50 years old. The LGBT Caucus of the New York City Council will work with Councilwoman Margaret Chin, Chair of the Aging Committee, and these two organizations to help promote this much needed questionnaire,” said Council Member Rosie Mendez, Chair, LGBT Caucus.

“While laws and society’s attitude toward the LGBT community have shifted, it’s apparent that we are still missing the vital voices of LGBT olders who face discrimination and have been silenced for far too long. This survey will help us understand their needs as they seek affordable housing, which remains a concern for all New Yorkers. We thank everyone involved with this survey, which we are happy to distribute,” said NYC Department for the Aging Commissioner Donna Corrado.

Paul Nagle, Executive Director of Stonewall CDC, said, “We hope that LGBTQ folks who are over 50 years old will take the survey. It will be service to our community – an important tool in helping us evaluate the extent of the challenge facing our LGBTQ seniors and developing the best strategies to deal with it.”

“SAGE’s national research demonstrates that housing discrimination against LGBT elders is rampant,” said Michael Adams, Chief Executive Officer of Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE). “Data gleaned from this survey will illuminate the unique challenges faced by our community in New York City as well as perspective that can inform LGBT-welcoming elder housing that SAGE is currently building with partners in the Bronx and Brooklyn.”

As Baby Boomers age into the senior citizen bracket in unprecedented numbers, the issue of access to safe, age-appropriate and affordable senior housing is becoming more and more acute. This crisis is especially challenging for LGBTQ seniors who are particularly vulnerable, as:

• Many do not have children, spouses or families they can turn to (According to the CDC, 83% of caregivers are unpaid persons such as family members, friends, and neighbors)

• LGBTQ older adults can face discrimination, both real and perceived, inside the senior housing system, from both staff and other clients. In one recent study by The Equal Rights Center and SAGE, “LGBT senior” investigators were given detrimental incorrect or incomplete information by rental agents 48% of the time.

• Many have spent their careers in service and entertainment industries without benefit of pensions or financial planning

• Lesbians are twice as likely to live in poverty as their heterosexual counterparts, transgendered woman four times more likely

The survey is being conducted by Stonewall Community Development Corporation, working with Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) as their lead collaborator. It is funded with grants from NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Council Members Danny Dromm, Rory Lancman and James Vacca, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, the Altman Foundation and David Bryan.

Strength in Numbers Consulting Group is responsible for designing, implementing and interpreting the survey.

Stonewall Community Development Corporation (SCDC) is a grassroots response to a growing crisis. The goal of SCDC is to see New York City’s LGBTQ senior citizens in homes they can afford, where they feel safe being themselves, receiving the care they need, from people who treat them with respect and whom they can trust.

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Community Meeting – Avenue B Playground 2/27

On Monday, February 27, 2017 NYC Councilwoman Rosie Mendez and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation will hold a community meeting pertaining to the Tompkins Square Park Avenue B Children’s Playground Renovation.

Councilwoman Mendez allocated capital funds to renovate the Avenue B Children’s Playground. The Parks Department has supplemented the funding with its “Parks Without Borders” Initiative that would lower the fences from its present height of 7 feet to 4 feet.

This initiative to lowers the fences at the Avenue B Playground has raised many concerns from residents and NYC Councilwoman Mendez. Please join us at the meeting to share your concerns for the initiative.

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***MEDIA ADVISORY*** VALENTINES DAY RALLY TO ASK THE MAYOR TO GIVE THE LOWER EAST SIDE BACK ITS “BELOVED” CULTURAL COMMUNITY CENTER

WHO: Speakers will include:

  • Statement by Councilwoman Rosie Mendez, District 2
  • Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer
  • Carlina Rivera, Female District Leader
  • Anthony Feliciano, Male District Leader
  • Chino Garcia, Director of CHARAS
  • Susan Howard, Organizer, Save CHARAS Committee
  • Andrew Berman, Director of Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation
  • Carol Crump, Director of East Village Community Coalition
  • Ryan Gillian, Board Chair, Fourth Arts Block

 

WHEN:          Tuesday, February 14, 2017

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

WHERE:       Steps of City Hall

Elected Officials, community leaders and residents will gather at City Hall to deliver a Valentine’s Day message to Mayor de Blasio. ‘Be True’ to the Lower East Side and stop the City from issuing building permits that would allow for the conversion of a deed restricted community facility to a youth hostel. The “beloved” building, the former CHARAS Cultural Community Center, known as the Old P.S. 64 at 605 E. 9th was auctioned off and sold by Mayor Giuliani 19 years ago and has been vacant for over 16 years. Since 2001, the current owner, Gregg Singer, has tried to turn the former school into a dormitory, though he cannot comply with the Department of Buildings’ Dormitory Rule, 1 RCNY §51-01, which requires the building be fully leased to a College or University. Elected officials and residents of the Lower East Side continue to urge that the Mayor return the once beloved center to the community. The historic landmarked building was saved by the community in the 1970’s and, more recently; the Lower East Side lost another beloved deed restricted community facility–Rivington House.

Visuals: Valentine’s Day card, banners, signs

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Dept of Finance Public Sessions

Briefing: Public Sessions

DOF will hold PUBLIC information sessions where property owners can meet one-on-one with DOF property assessors and the New York City Tax Commission to ask questions about their property’s market and assessed values, learn how to get property descriptions changed, and learn about valuable property tax exemptions.  The sessions will be held in February 2017, and are open to any anyone who would like to attend.   Please note that dates, times and locations posted below may change.  Check http://www1.nyc.gov/site/finance/taxes/notice-of-property-value.page as the dates draw nearer to confirm details.

 

February 7, 2017, 10:00am – 12:00pm
3030 Third Avenue, 2nd Floor (East 156th Street), Bronx

February 7, 2017, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Councilmember Eric Ulrich
TBD, Queens

February 8, 2017, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Queens Borough President Melinda R. Katz’ Office
120-55 Queens Blvd, 2nd Floor, Kew Gardens

February 8, 2017, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
State Senator Jesse Hamilton
TBD, Brooklyn

February 9, 2017, 11:00am – 1:00pm
Councilmember I. Daneek Miller
Alpha Phi Alpha Senior Center
220-01 Linden Blvd, Cambria Heights, Queens

February 9, 2017, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
1 Centre St, North Mezzanine, Manhattan

February 10, 2017, 10:00am – 12:00pm

350 St. Marks Place, 4th Floor (Hyatt Street), Staten Island

February 13, 2017, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
144-06, 94th Avenue, 1st Floor, Jamaica, Queens

February 14, 2017, 10:00am – 12:00pm
1 Centre St, North Mezzanine, Manhattan

February 15, 2017, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
3030 Third Avenue, 2nd Floor (East 156th Street), Bronx

February 16, 2017, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams
209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn

February 22, 2017, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Lou Caravone Community Service Building
460 Brielle Avenue, Staten Island

February 23, 2017, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams
209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn

February 28, 2017, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Councilmember Eric Ulrich
TBD, Queens