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Rally in support of Richmond’s public housing communities set for Tuesday

April 18, 2010 8:52 am by

Stand in Support of Richmond’s Public Housing Communities has been announced for the April 20th RRHA Board of Commissioners Meeting:

Please come out to stand in solidarity with Richmond’s public housing residents as they take advantage of the public comment portion of this meeting and ask the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority to commit to addressing the real concerns of their communities.

We will rally outside to show that the greater community of Richmond cares about the long-term availability of quality low-income housing while residents present their calls for:

  • Full-implementation of Section 3, using federal Housing and Urban Development funds to create jobs and work towards economic justice for residents.
  • The ability to pay rent in their own city. Many Richmond public housing residents were charged an unfair $5 late fee on recent rent statements. During the heavy snow this winter the Postal Service was unable to deliver residents’ rent on time to the Baltimore, MD bank that manages the account due to the poor road conditions. Residents report that their money orders and checks were dated up to five days BEFORE rent was due.Why should residents be charged fees for something they can’t control, like road conditions? Furthermore, in a city like Richmond where Section 3 jobs for public housing residents are scare to non-existent, why can’t they pay rent in their own city with other residents employed processing the payments?
  • Real progress towards adopting the Residents Bill of Rights for Redevelopment (1-for-1 unit replacement, no additional re-screening processes, and the right to return)… no more stalling tactics while the future of residents homes is in danger.
  • Increased resident representation on the RRHA Board of Commissioners. Currently only 1 in 7 of the commissioners resides in assisted housing.

This event is going to be really important and will help determine the next step the public housing community takes toward direct action. It’s important that residents participate, but its equally important that there is a greater Richmond presence as well. One City, One Community!

April 20th, 4:30-6:30 PM
RRHA Board of Commissioners Meeting
901 Chamberlayne


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