At the Ward 2/3 NPA on September 12 2019, Mayor Weinberger attempts to respond to BTU goals; states that he will never support rent control and wouldn’t work with tenants if that was our goal.
Emily Reynolds presents at Ward 2/3 NPA on September 12, 2019. She shares the goals of the tenants’ union, why we are organizing, and answers questions from the audience.
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But not everyone in the crowd was in lockstep with the mayor.https://www.wamc.org/post/housing-summit-seeks-affordability-solutions-draws-critics
Weinberger: “I think we’re starting to see that in the data…”
Man in back of room: “We’re tired of…”
Weinberger: “The ah…”
Woman in back of auditorium: “We don’t get heard and you’re going to hear us.”
Weinberger: “That’s great that’s what tonight is about okay?”
Woman: “I can’t afford to live here without Section Eight. This is the only way we get heard.”
Weinberger: “Well it’s…” (scattered applause) “You know it pains me to hear that you feel that’s the only way you get heard.”
We just wanted to share a short clip from the Housing Summit regarding comments Mayor Weinberger made. In it, he says that renting hasn’t been a problem since he has been mayor, and that the city has a robust history of supporting tenant protections.
“I think it really says a lot about what this administration has focused on the last seven years, and unfortunately, what they’re going to continue to focus on, which is this idea that we need all housing, even though when you look at the data, we need housing for folks that are very low-income,” Burlington renter Charles Winkleman said.
“Right now, the Housing Trust Fund can essentially fund two units of housing a year. Most other larger cities are either taxing folks who are wealthy and can afford it, or they are putting bonds out to pay for low-income housing, and to see none of that on the agenda today is disheartening,” Winkleman said.
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