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Picture the Homeless
On Friday, April 19th, Picture the Homeless co-convened a citywide Community Land Trust Summit, in partnership with tons of great folks like NEDAP, Hunter College, City College, Manhattan Community Board 11, and more.
COURSE IN RHETORIC
by William S. Burnett
Member, Board of Directors
Picture the Homeless
For the last two weeks, the New York Post has been running a bunch of really inflammatory articles about how shifty homeless people are coming to this city for supposedly luxurious free shelter accommodations. Obviously, this is totally ridiculous - anyone who has ever stepped foot inside a shelter knows they're awful. But the Post doesn't care about the truth; they just want to scare & stir up conservative readers who already think homeless people are a public menace.
Eight members of Picture the Homeless talk about why they're going to come to the 3/13/13 housing & homelessness protest... And why you should, too!
En El Barrio, over 8,000 people are waiting for public housing.
But vacant buildings and lots could house over 7,000 people.
ARE YOU PAYING TOO MUCH MONEY FOR RENT?
ARE YOU TRAPPED IN A SHELTER WITH NO WAY OUT?
IS YOUR APARTMENT OVERCROWDED?
ARE YOU LIVING ON THE STREET OR WITH FRIENDS OR FAMILY?
JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Housing Campaign Organizer
If you know Picture the Homeless, chances are you know Jean Rice.
Dear Friends & Members,
Exciting news! Thanks to an incredibly generous commitment from a PTH donor, all donations received during the month of January - up to $5,000! - will be matched dollar for dollar, thereby doubling the power of your gift! Any contribution you can make, no matter how small, will go twice as far.
Here's what our donor has to say:
Media Advisory: For Immediate Release: December 14, 2012
Harlem Vacant Property Walking Tour and Press Conference
Picture the Homeless and Harlem residents tour vacant properties and hold a press conference in front of city owned vacant building
Last year, Picture the Homeless conducted a study of 1/3 of City and counted enough underutilized/vacant property to potential house 199,981 people. Right now, including Sandy, we have 90,000+ displaced new yorkers. 199,981 potential apartments and just 1/2 that number of people looking for housing. Something is very wrong with this picture. When the mayor wanted us to stop smoking, he made it happen. When the Mayor wants us to stop drinking soda, we stopped. If the Mayor really wanted to end homelessness, if he had the will to do it - it would be done! The walking tour/prayer vigil is an opportunity for us to actually experience and see some spaces that could house those in need. It is an opportunity to pray that the Mayor and our elected officials pass laws (like the one we proposed that would help count ALL the vacancies in the city). This would position us to make informed decisions so that when something like Sandy happens again, we know what we have in our toolkit. December 14th: Vacant Property Walking Tour & Prayer Vigil 116 Street & Lexington Avenue Friday, December 14, 2012, 1:30PM