The Orange County chapter has expanded since it was first formed in 2007. We now have hubs forming in Middletown and Pine Island, in addition to our hub in Newburgh. As we grow we continue to explore new locations. In our county, low income communities struggle to find housing that is affordable and in good condition.The region was hit hard by the housing crisis, leaving hundreds of abandoned buildings throughout the city of Newburgh. Our chapter constantly puts pressure on city government in Newburgh to enforce housing codes while holding landlords and banks responsible for blight and abominable housing conditions. In addition, unemployment is high and individuals struggle to find good paying work in the region as a result of having a criminal record coupled with a lack of transportation, lack of childcare, and more. We are building county wide in an effort to build power that addresses the issues of job access and housing with members across various cities.
Transportation Access For All
The statewide campaign , Green Light, draws CVH power members and the people of Orange County to fight for drivers license to a New York State residents, including immigrants. The bill was initiated in New York City, but the campaign advocates for area up north. The campaign draws on CVH power members and community activist to demand legislators to pass the bill that grants Everyone access to transportation regardless of immigration status. In the Hudson Valley region, bus and train access is limited and one must have a car to get around. The problem is if you are undocumented you don’t have a social security number, so, therefore, no way to apply for a drivers license.
For the undocumented immigrants in Orange County in particular means that they are protected from entering the criminal potline, and from being separated from their families. Those in the Orange County and Hudson Valley area unable to survive without driving. In addition to this, the citywide campaign, Municipal ID’s, fights to provide a form of identification to immigrants. The campaign strives to provide IDs to groups of an individual, in order for them to identify themselves.
Members of Community Voices Heard, particularly in the Lower and Mid-Hudson Valley, are fighting to remove the box on the NY State Identification application that, if removed, would clear a path for those without a social security number to apply for a license.
•For more information or to get involved, contact our Orange County Organizer Ignacio Acevedo (Ignacio@CVHaction.org), 845-562-2020