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Food Not Bombs is catering the 5th annual RePHRAME Forum “Eliminating Poverty, Protecting Community”

  • Good Shepherd Baptist Church 1127 N. 28th Street, Richmond, VA 23223
  • A Discussion on “Unpacking the 2010 Census” & the Upcoming Mayor’s Anti-Poverty Commission’s Report

More info on the event here: http://www.facebook.com/events/285008308277367/?fref=ts

We will be cooking a spaghetti dinner for about 100 people. Folks who want to help us cater this event should meet at the Wingnut, 2005 Barton Avenue, at 2pm on Thursday Nov. 1st.

If anyone has garlic, onions, noodles, bread, oil, tomatoes, sauce, etc. to donate please let us know. You can call 804 300 0023 or drop the supplies off at the Wingnut.

What’s RePHRAME you say?

RePHRAME, Residents of Public Housing in Richmond Against Mass Evictions, is an alliance of public housing residents, advocates, and allies committed to housing justice for all in Richmond.

The RePHRAME Concerns & Demands:

1. There should be 1-for-1 replacement of any public housing units lost through public housing redevelopment. In other words, there should be no net lossof public housing units. In addition, location of newly created public housing units, and other aspects of the redevelopment process, should increase the employment, education, and other opportunities of public housing residents.

2. Current residents should have the right to return to newly developed public housing without any additional screening or requalification process. In the past, additional credit checks and other screenings (above and beyond those to which public housing residents are routinely subjected) have been used to effectively prevent previous residents from coming back to the newly developed housing. We believe redevelopment should not be used to get rid of residents who have done nothing to warrant eviction.

3. Public housing residents should have a meaningful voice in decisions regarding their housing and communities. Currently only 1 out of 7 RRHA commissioners is a public housing resident. RePHRAME proposes adding 2 additional seats to the RRHA Board of Commissioners which would be filled with RRHA residents.

4. RRHA currently requires that residents mail their rent payment to a SunTrust bank address in Baltimore, MD. Residents must often pay late fees through no fault of their own due to delays in the mail system or processing delays in Baltimore. In February, hundreds of residents paid late fees when a blizzard caused the mail system to shut down. According to RePHRAME’s research of dozens of housing authorities in Virginia and nationally, RRHA alone requires residents to mail rent out of state. RePHRAME surveyed hundreds of public housing residents in Richmond, and the overwhelming consensus is for a local rent payment option, at either the RRHA rent office in their neighborhood or at a local bank.

Some of the Wingnut went to the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority (RRHA) meeting on March 21st, to support members of the groups Residents of Public Housing in Richmond Against Mass Eviction (RePHRAME). http://rephrame.blogspot.com/

RePHRAME asked for support at the meeting because RRHA had recently sent public housing residents in scattered sight homes (the more effective and humane sort of public housing as opposed to creating pockets of extreme poverty) had just received letters telling them that RRHA was trying to get approval from Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to sell off the homes as they were too costly to maintain. If they were able to do this, residents would have 90 days to move. RePHRAME supports residents of public housing when they are threatened with displacement.

Many supporters came to the meeting to show that RePHRAME members are not an isolated bunch. In fact, there were so many people there that board room was completely full and some folks had to stay on the outside of the building.  The RRHA office at 901 Chamberlayne was using a metal detector on all visitors, which is a new policy. We tried to ask about the policy, and when it was implemented, and got a general run around about how many gun shots there had been in that area.

We took video of part of the meeting. It was Mo’s first time filming a meeting, so its clipped into a few separate parts, and is a little rough. They weren’t sure about proper manners when it comes to filming a meeting.

The speakers bring up many good points as to why they need to be allowed to stay in the homes where they’ve been paying rent for decades (you’d think they deserve to own them outright after so many years of paying rent). The basic message from all of the people who spoke is that RRHA needs to respect the residents of public housing more, needs to communicate with the residents better, and that RRHA has a long legacy of racism and problematic policies that it will have to really move away from in order to gain the trust of any residents.

Here are the videos:

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and finally…
 

The Richmond Public Housing Authority is trying to sell some properties and displace the residents of them. More below!

Please come out to support residents of public housing in Richmond! RePHRAME is an organization of public housing residents that has been doing advocacy work for years in Richmond to help protect the rights of the residents. RRHA has a long history of abuses and bad behavior towards the communities it is supposed to be working for. Please help spread the word!

On March 21, please attend the RRHA Board of Commissioners meeting (5:30
PM at 901 Chamberlayne Parkway, Richmond) to show support for the affected
 residents, who will speak during the public comment period.

If you can’t make the meeting, please call RRHA and let them know that they should not displace residents, or sell off public housing properties (especially without the input of the residents). Phone: (804) 780-4200

From the Richmond Peace Education Center:

[RPEC co-sponsored call to action]

RPEC friend,

The peace center is part of the RePHRAME coalition, which supports the
needs and rights of Richmond’s public housing residents.

**We have been alerted to a situation and are calling for your help with a
response.**

Dozens of low income people who live in “scattered site single-family
public housing” recently received letters from the Richmond Redevelopment
Housing Authority stating that it plans to seek approval from HUD to sell off
their homes. The letters warn the residents that they could be forced to
move if HUD approves. (Their scattered site homes are  detached homes within
neighborhoods and not large public housing complexes–some are found for
example in Randolph).

RRHA wants to sell off the houses and move the families into the city’s
older existing large public housing complexes. Many of
those who received the letters are upset because they’ve lived in the
houses for decades. They don’t want to be forced to move, and don’t wish
to relocate to Gilpin, Mosby, etc. RRHA itself has argued that poverty should
be deconcentrated—and yet these scattered-site homes threatened
by potential sale are among the most “deconcentrated” that RRHA owns.

Before they can ask  HUD for permission to sell the homes, RRHA must get
their own Board of Commissioners to approve selling off the homes. In a
public meeting on WED. MARCH 21 at 5:30, we expect RRHA’s Board of
Commissioners will consider and vote on a resolution giving RRHA the green
light to seek HUD approval to sell the homes.

Concerned Richmonders can and should call for a stop to further reductions
of affordable housing, and to the planned dislocation of these Richmond families.

**On March 21, please attend the RRHA Board of Commissioners meeting (5:30
PM at 901 Chamberlayne Parkway, Richmond) to show support for the affected
residents, who will speak during the public comment period.**

RePHRAME will select public housing residents to act as spokespeople at
the meeting. RePHRAME thanks community partners for attending to show support, and to show the Board of
Commissioners that the residents facing possible dislocation have broader community support.

Hey Yall!!!!
Food Not Bombs shows solidarity with the public housing advocacy group RePHRAME by catering their monthly meetings which occur on the 4th Thursday of Each Month. This Thursday is that Thursday.
So that means some folks who are around need to come to the WIngnut around 3pm Thursday to start cooking some food. It doesn’t have to be as much as a Sunday meal, usually only about 30 people will be there.
Please message the group if you can come so everyone can know if we will have enough people to cook!!
Here is more info about REPHRAME and the meeting if you want to attend!

RePHRAME Monthly Meeting

Thursday, May 27

5:30-7:00PM

123 East Broad (2nd & Broad)

Legal Aid Justice Center Building

Agenda Items:

  • Summer Outreach
  • September Forum
  • Follow-Up with RRHA
  • Video Project
  • MOUs, Partner Org Updates (more…)