We’re happy to announce that the American Red Cross has awarded the Cooper Square Committee $150,000 to assist Lower East Side residents who were impacted by Superstorm Sandy, and to prepare vulnerable populations for future storms. Check out the American Red Cross Press release for more details about the work we will be doing over the next 17 months.
Red Cross Press Release – Oct 2013
Cooper Square Committee members and staff joined hundreds of tenants who turned out for a rally and public hearing held by the NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA) on July 24th at Pace University to protest NYCHA plans to lease 18 parcels of land at eight Manhattan housing projects for luxury housing. 8 parcels at five Lower East Side projects are part of the plan – at Smith Houses, Baruch Houses, Laguardia Houses, Campos Plaza and Meltzer Tower.
Final Vote, 6/20/13:
RGB Order #45: 4% for 1 year, 7.75% for 2 year leases, for leases beginning 10/1/13 thru 9/30/14.
In the summer of 2010, I was facing some financial difficulty and had fallen behind on rent payments for my rent stabilized apartment on Ave B. Fearing that I would be evicted from my apartment, I was recommended by a friend to get in touch with Brandon Kielbasa at The Cooper Square Committee. Brandon had previously helped her with some issues that she was having in her Lower East Side apartment, and she informed me that the Committee was a great recourse for East Village residents.
The Cooper Square Committee and the Ali Forney Center have been awarded $3 million by the City Council and an additional $300,000 by Borough President, Scott Stringer to develop housing for up to 18 homeless LGBT youth at 222 East 13th Street, which will be formally named the Bea Arthur Residence. Bea Arthur was an advocate and supporter of the Ali Forney Center and its mission. Community Board 3 unanimously recommended that the site be transferred to the Ali Forney Center and the Cooper Square Committee for this use.
If you are a property owner or board member of a low income cooperative, contact Steve or Angee to find out what types of free and low cost greening programs your building may be eligible for.
In October, 2011, the Cooper Square Committee launched an HDFC Greening Project. We began by