Make the Road New York Staff
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MRNY members protest for rent reform.
On June 21, State legislators voted to extend and – for the first time in 18 years – actually strengthen the rent laws that protect the more than one million New Yorkers living in rent-controlled and rent-regulated housing.
Key improvements to the laws include decreasing the power of landlords to raise rents and their ability to remove housing units from rent control, thus upholding important protections for low-income families who are struggling to hold onto their housing.
While these improvements are less significant than what is need to protect New York State tenants, they are significant for MRNY members who have been working to reform New York’s rent laws. Together with the Real Rent Reform coalition, MRNY members have been at the forefront of the statewide effort to ensure affordable housing and bolster rent regulations. Through direct action and advocacy, we have maintained a powerful counter-balance to the real estate lobby, which has been working long and hard to weaken rent regulation. MRNY members have mobilized several times to Albany, participated in tent city actions citywide, collected thousands of signatures and clocked hundreds of hours of street outreach.
MRNY members are keeping up the fight for comprehensive rent reform. MRNY members like Gladys Puglla, Board Chair and Housing and Environmental Justice Project leader, struggle to pay rent each month:
“The lack of affordable housing in New York is deeply troubling,” she said. “I commend the legislators in both houses who supported this campaign. Now we must work together to ensure affordable housing and basic protections for all working class New Yorkers.
And we hope you will join us in this fight! Contact Housing and Environmental Justice Organizer Hilary Klein for more information on how you can get involved.
Since the November NYC elections, MRNY members have been hard at work setting the agenda for our next mayor, City Council and citywide elected officials.
We kicked off "Talking Transition" with a low-wage worker forum and our attorneys have been staffing a Single Stop clinic around the clock at the Transition tent.
Recently, our youth joined the Transitions conversation to bring education and police reform issues into the spotlight for the new elected officials. 17-year-old youth leader Cheyanne Smith was also profiled in the New York Times for her leadership to make NYC schools more respectful, safe, and dignified places for learning.