On March 22, 2012, we released a statement signed on by more than 25 leaders from faith, community and labor, as well as a range of elected officials calling for an end to the Work Experience Program and to fully fund the Parks Opportunity Program. This was released prior to a Park Committee hearing, which we also testified at. (Read the testimony here.)
In this report, some of the organizational partners in the New York Stimulus Alliance (NYSA), in partnership with the Advancement Project, take a critical look at a few of HUD’s community development programs, including CDBG, Section 108 Loans, and Section 3. Recognizing that these programs have the potential to channel significant amounts of funding into low-income communities and communities of color, the report guides grassroots organizations and local policy makers through the CDBG and related programs’ decision making processes, with a particular eye to opportunities for community input and engagement. Case studies developed by NYSA partner organizations provide real-life examples of victories and setbacks experienced by grassroots organizations seeking to influence CDBG, Section 108, Section 3, and community development more broadly. Finally, the report concludes with recommendations for residents, community based organizations and policy makers seeking to ensure that these government programs result in real benefits to low-income communities.
Year one of Participatory Budgeting in New York City was a HUGE success, with nearly $6 million in funding invested based on the votes of 6,000 New Yorkers voting around the city! Called the People’s Budget by many participants, it was a resounding success. You can learn more about the first cycle of PBNYC here.
Members of Occupy Wall Street Stage Sit-In
at NY AG Eric Schneiderman’s Office
Citizens Risk Arrest to Demand Public Accounting of Federal Mortgage Fraud Investigation
Occupy Wall Street could Day big apple
Occupy Wall Street protesters converged on Manhattan Tuesday for could Day. Some met in Bryant Park to create a “guitarmy,” others gathered in Bushwick for a march across the Williamsburg Bridge, whereas one more crowd assembled for a “Wildcat March” in Sara Roosevelt Park downtown. Click here for contemporary updates.