December 13, 2018 under Faith Based Work
With HUD signaling an interest in receivership, a coalition of more than 90 faith leaders/faith institutions from across NYC, co-led by FPWA, Majlis Ash-Shura: Islamic Leadership Council of New York, The Riverside Church in the City of New York, Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, and United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg and North Brooklyn, is calling for New York City to retain control of NYCHA. There’s much more to be done at NYCHA, but we need investment that builds on recent progress, not federal control. Receivership has resulted in the loss of thousands of public housing units across the country, and we want to ensure the thousands of our parishioners who live in NYCHA developments are able to stay in their homes.
December 13, 2018
The Honorable Dr. Ben Carson
U.S. Department of Housing and urban Development
451 7th Street S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20410
Dear Secretary Carson and HUD Administrators,
We are clergy members and leaders of communities of faith, with thousands of parishioners who live in NYCHA developments across the city. For the health and safety of all NYCHA residents, we believe that the City of New York must retain control of NYCHA – and that federal receivership would be harmful for the agency and for NYCHA’s more than 400,000 residents.
Since Mayor de Blasio took office, and especially over the past year, conditions at NYCHA have slowly but definitely improved. Thanks to an unprecedented $2.1-billion capital and $1.6-billion operational investment, the City is replacing roofs, fixing heat, and upgrading security. Further, the recent announcement that more than 62,000 units would come under professional, private management demonstrates the administration’s continued commitment to innovative approaches that substantively improve the lives of thousands of people.
Receivership could destroy this fragile progress. We know what happens when the federal government takes over local public housing authorities. In Gary, Indiana; Cairo, Illinois; Wellston Missouri; and Chicago, Illinois, federal receivership all ended the same way: large public housing developments were shuttered and hundreds, sometimes thousands, of residents were displaced. Even with Section 8 assistance, families are priced out of their hometowns.
In the rare instances when residents have gotten to stay in place, receivership has left them living under worsened conditions. For example, 30 years of receivership left the public housing of East St. Louis, Illinois with $180 million of capital needs – and no money to fund them.
One in 14 New Yorkers make their homes in NYCHA. They are our parishioners, our families, our teachers, our nurses, our police officers. They’re our community. And in human terms, receivership means we are turning our backs on these families.
It’s no secret that NYCHA is a troubled agency, plagued by decades of disinvestment and mismanagement across all levels. It will take many more years of cooperation and commitment across all levels of government to reverse the situation. Receivership is not only a threat to these improvements – it’s a threat to the existence of NYCHA itself.
FULL LIST OF SIGNATORIES
Rev. Gilford Monrose, 67th Precinct Clergy Council (“The God Squad”)
Imam Tahir Kukiqi, Albanian Islamic Cultural Center
Rev. Karyn Carlo, Ph.D., American Baptist Church
Assafa Islamic Center Inc.
Imam Al-Hajj Talib ‘Abdur-Rashid, Association of African American Imams & The Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood Inc
Baitul Jamaat House of Community Inc.
Bangladesh Khelafat Majlis USA
Rev. Jerome Herold, Bethel Christian Church
Rev. James Osei-Kofi, Bethesda Healing Center
Agrimario Leite, Rev. Paulo C. Marciano, Brazilian Missionary Church
Rev. Evelyn Castellano, Breaking Free Ministries
Rev. Que English, Bronx Christian Fellowship Church
Rev. James C. Sheehan, Catholic Archdiocese of New York
Rev. Dr. Alfred Johnson, Retired Bishop of the United Methodist Church, Center for the Study and Practice of Urban Religion (C-SPUR), New York Theological Seminary
Bishop Kareem Evans Sr., Charity Neighborhood Cathedral
Rev. Dr. Lula Mae Phillips, Senior Pastor, Christian Calvary Ministries, Inc.
Rev. Edwin T. Chinery, Rev. Posey Krakowsky, Rev. Elizabeth G. Maxwell, Church of the Ascension
Rev. Regina Williams, Church of the First Born Ministries, Inc./Sacred Heart Church
Rabbi Marisa James, Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah
Rev. Dr. Sally N. MacNichol, Connect NYC
Rev. Eugenia Simpson, Convent Avenue Family Living Center
Rev. Lana Green Hunt, Deliverance and Healing International Ministries, Inc.
Rabbi Josh Stanton, East End Temple
Rev. Clyde Kuemmerle, Ph.D., Ecclesia Ministries of New York
Rev. Morais Quissico, Epworth United Methodist Church
Jennifer Jones Austin, (FPWA) Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies
Rev. Tina Booker, Full of Faith Christian Center
Rev. Oral Thomas, Fulton Street Church of God of Prophecy
Hon. Dr. Allen Mcquire, Global Bible Ministries
Rev. Herbert Ward, Gospel House Ministries
Rev. Dr. Nigel Pearce, Grace Congregational Church
Rev. Sean Johnson, Grace Worship Center Church of God of Prophecy
Rev. Barnett Robinson, Grand Concourse SDA
Rev. LeTonya Bagley, Greater Faith Deliverance Church
Rabbi Michael Feinberg, Greater New York Labor Religion Coalition
Rev. Buckman, Hollis Avenue Congregational Church
Minister Donal Cogdell, Hope Church Astoria
Rev. Herbert Daughtry, House of the Lord Pentecostal Church
Marc Greenberg, Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness and Housing Inc.
Rev. Dr. Chloe Breyer, Hanadi Doleh, Interfaith Center of New York
Islamic Circle of North America
Chaplain Abeda Khanam, Jamaica Muslim Center
Rev. Ebenezer Aduku, John Wesley United Methodist Church
Rev. Cheryl Anthony, Judah International Christian Church
Cantor Lisa B. Segal, Kolot Chayeinu
Rev. Adam Durso, Lead.NYC
Imam Souleimane Konate, Masjid Aqsa Salam
Rev. Joel A. Gibson, The Micah Institute
President John Mudd, Midtown South Community Council
Rev. Joseph Jones, Mount Hermon Baptist Church
Muslim American Society of New York
Deacon Ricardo Shark, National Action Network – Bronx Chapter
Rev. Jonathan Williams, New Creation Ministries Inc.
Rev. Dr. Anthony M. Graham, New Hope Family Worship Center
Rev. Kevin Brown, New Life Seventh-day Adventist Church
Tariqur Rahman, New York Muslims United for Civic Engagement (NYMUCE)
Chaplain Lesline Banks, Chaplain Doreen Lesane, New York State Chaplain Task Force
Rev. Peter Cook, NYS Council of Churches
Rev. Dr. Vernice Robinson, Parsons Temple
Dr. Ahmet M. Atlig, Peace Islands Institute
Rev. Stephen H. Phelps, Presbytery of New York City
Rev. Karen Jackson, Project Hospitality
Rev. Michael Carrion, Promise Land Covenant Church
Rev. Onleilove Alston, Prophetic Whirlwind
Rev. Sue Webley-Cox, Rivers of Living Water
Rev. Dr. Lynn R. Sexton, Sacred Fellowship Ministries
Rev. Robert H. Williams D.D., Sacred Heart
Sunita Viswanath, Executive Director, Sadhana: Coalition of Progressive Hindus
Father Adam Spencer, Saint Thomas Church
James Thornton, Salem Missionary Baptist Church
Rev. Marvin Moss, Salem United Methodist Church
Rev. James Richmond, SDA Church Organization
Rev. Hugo Nonroy, Second Christian Church
Abdus Salaam Musa, South East Queens Muslim Collective
Rev. Allan Jackson, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Harlem
Rev. Dr. Mary Foulke, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Harlem
Rev. Dr. K. Barrett-Layne, PhD., Staten Island Council of Churches
Rev. Gwen Dingle, The Pentecostal House of Prayer
Rev. Dr. Amy Butler, The Riverside Church in the City of New York
Rev. Serge Jean, Triumph the Church of the New Age
Turkish American National Steering Committee (TASC)
Frederick A. Davie, M.Div., Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York
Rabbi David Niederman, United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg and North Brooklyn
United Ulama Council of USA Inc.
Rev. Summers, Upper Room Tabernacle of Deliverance Pentecostal Church
Assetou Sy Traore, USA Mali Charitable Association of NYC
Rev. Robert Brashear, Pastor Emeritus, West Park Presbyterian Church
Rev. Elizabeth C Abel, Woodycrest United Methodist Church
Rev. Daniel Archbold, Zion Youth and Family Community Center of Elmont
Cantor Alan Brava,
Minister Kirsten John Foy
Rev. Bancroft Daughma
Rabbi Diana Gerson
Rev. Allison Moore, Ph.D.
Rev. Timothy L Morehouse,
Rabbi Joseph Potasnik
Rev. Dr. Rosalie Richards