Tuesday, February 28, 2006

IMPORTANT NEWS: Local Bushwick Family Gets Tossed Out into the Cold by RBSCC!

Press Release:

ON ONE OF THE COLDEST DAYS OF THE YEAR: a single mom with 4 children was evicted by a non-profit organization in Bushwick, Brooklyn that receives city money to provide homelessness prevention.

February 28, 2006

At 1 pm on Monday, February 27, 2006, on one of the coldest days of the year, a mother with four children was evicted from her city-subsidized apartment by a Non-profit organization that also receives the only New York City funds to provide eviction and homelessness prevention in her community.

Ruth Perez-Calderon is a mother of four who resides in Bushwick, Brooklyn and receives Public Assistance. Her landlord, Ridgewood-Bushwick Senior Citizens Homecare Council, Inc. is one of the largest social service organizations in the entire city. They evicted her for owing approximately $6000.00 in rent. However, the property where Ms. Perez-Calderon resided was granted to Ridgewood-Bushwick Senior Citizens Council (RBSCC) by the City of New York Department of Housing Preservation and Development for the purposes of preserving affordable housing. What is even more outrageous is that RBSCC has also recently obtained a large contract from the New York City Department of Homeless Services to provide Eviction and Homelessness Prevention in the Bushwick community: a community with one of the highest rates of Homelessness in all of New York City.

At approximately 10 am on the morning of the eviction, one of our staff members spoke with a representative of RBSCC and informed them that we had secured an apartment for Ms. Perez-Calderon and her children, but that the apartment would not be ready for her until Thursday March 2, and we needed a brief postponement of the eviction to avoid Ms. Perez-Calderon’s homelessness. RBSCC representatives refused to grant an extension! Ms. Perez-Calderon is now homeless, and our organization is presently paying for her and her children to stay in a local motel while we make arrangements to move her to an apartment.

THIS IS AN OUTRAGE!


For More Information Contact:

Rick Echevarria, Associate Director
BUSHWICK HOUSING INDEPENDENCE PROJECT
(718) 574-3007 Office
(917) 536-4821 Mobile
rick@bhiponline.org

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