Community Voices Heard is building a powerful organization of low-income people of color to fight for racial and economic justice in Westchester County. After a year-long County-wide expansion effort, CVH-Westchester currently has active leadership hubs in White Plains, Yonkers, Peekskill and Ossining, with plans to grow additional hubs in Mt Vernon, New Rochelle, Port Chester and Mt Kisco. CVH member-leaders from across the county have created a Westchester People's Agenda which they launched in October of 2014. The People's Agenda demands truly affordable housing and access to jobs for Westchester's low-income residents. Since launching the agenda, CVH member-leaders have already fought for and won a $1 million increase in county funding for childcare subsidies and after-school programs and have "banned the box" that asks job applicants whether they have been convicted of a felony on city applications in Yonkers and White Plains. In June of 2015, CVH-Westchester member-leaders held a People's Assembly to Combat the Housing Crisis. Member-leaders are now pushing forward a long-term campaign to fight for truly affordable housing and against gentrification in Westchester County.
Join us as we become an unstoppable force to be reckoned with in Westchester County!
•For more information or to get involved, contact our Hudson Valley Organizing Director Juanita Lewis (Juanita@CVHaction.org), 914-519-8588 or Westchester County Organizer Julia Solow (Julia@CVHaction.org), 914-514-7632
28 N. Broadway Ave 2nd Fl.
Yonkers, NY 10701
By CVH Member Ann Gulian
Many of my Ossining neighbors are struggling to keep up with the rising cost of housing here.
The lack of decent affordable housing is a concern throughout Westchester County, but here in Ossining the situation has become critical for families making less than $50,000 a year. Limited housing opportunities affect everyone: the elderly, struggling to survive on a fixed income; young people just entering the work force; and those of us still struggling to bounce back from the 2008 recession.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Juanita Lewis 914-519-8588; Juanita@CVHaction.org
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