The time to act for children is now!
The Mayor and the City Council are soon setting their agendas for the year. While we've seen great strides - like the expansion of universal pre-kindergarten and the increase in funding for middle-school after-school programs - we've got more left to do.
The best place for US to start is at the beginning; for US, that means access to high-quality education programs and nurturing after-school and summer camp programs that not only help children develop, but also allow working families to support their families. We hope we can count on you to participate in the following advocacy actions to ensure that all New Yorkers - regardless of background - have a safe, nourishing place to send their kids.
SAVE RIVINGTON HOUSE!
Rivington House has been one of the city's largest nursing homes for AIDS patients run by VillageCare, a citywide nonprofit. VillageCare sold Rivington House to the Allure Group, a for-profit nursing home chain, in February 2015 for $28 million. They then sold Rivington House for $116 million to luxury developers in February 2016 - a move made possible because the City of New York lifted a deed restriction that required the facility to be "limited in perpetuity to a not-for-profit residential health care facility" in November 2015.
University Settlement's headquarters has been across the street from this "public good" building for over 100 years, and along with many residents and leaders across the community, is asking Mayor Bill de Blasio to reverse the deed restriction and return Rivington House to a community usage. We see too many neighborhood residents and elders living at risk of losing their housing every single day. We need your support to make our voices heard on this important neighborhood issue.
United Neighborhood Houses
University Settlement is a member of the United Neighborhood Houses of New York. Check out their advocacy resources.
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