Every new yorker, no matter where they live, has the right to a safe and stable home.
The Upstate-Downstate Housing Alliance is a diverse coalition of tenants, homeless people, manufactured housing residents, and advocates from across New York. We represent New Yorkers from every part of the state: Long Island, New York City, Westchester County, the mid-Hudson Valley, the Capital Region, the Southern Tier, the Mohawk Valley and Western New York.
We are united in our fight for stronger tenant protections, an end to evictions, and an end to homelessness in New York.
We believe that housing is a human right. But for too many families, that right is far from a reality. Rents are rising across the State while wages have remained stagnant. Landlords are getting richer and richer, while tenants are living on the brink of an eviction. Most tenants in New York State live without any basic rights to stay in their homes. This means that families are unable to enforce their rights to habitable housing, living in fear of a retaliatory eviction or a sudden rent hike.
We know that affordable rent is deeply connected to homelessness. But for too long, homeless New Yorkers and tenants have been divided in their fight for their right to a home. In 2019, we are coming together to demand housing justice for all.
THE HOUSING JUSTICE FOR ALL CAMPAIGN IS MOBILIZING TO FIGHT FOR UNIVERSAL RENT CONTROL and an end to homelessness IN 2019.
For the first time in decades, tenants and homelessness New Yorkers are coming together to demand a solution that works for all of us.
Our plan for #UniversalRentControl renews, strengthens, and expands rent stabilization when it expires in 2019, and invests in housing people -- not rewarding developers. We are calling to:
Expand the number of tenants protected by rent protections to cover people who live in small buildings, in cities across New York State, and to people who live in apartments that were recently deregulated.
Eliminate the sudden rent hikes caused by preferential rents and major capital improvements.
Stop tenant harassment by ending the vacancy bonus and individual apartment increases.
Invest in ending homelessness, stop the corporate takeover of housing, and give residents control over their homes.