Geraldine Collins, the President of the National Alliance of HUD Tenants Board, is now the host of a weekly talk show, "Ask Geraldine," on WHCR 90.3FM, a Harlem-based radio program out of the City College of New York. Her first broadcast was two evenings ago, August 17, 2020! She interviewed NAHT's own Michael Kane for close to an hour, about the tsunami of evictions and what tenants need to do nationwide to save their homes.
The show was broadcast live on radio in NYC, and nationwide through a web link. Here’s the recording.
Listeners can help pass the HEROES act housing protections, to avert a tsunami of evictions for 23-30 million tenants in the next few months. Please listen, post and share!
NAHT Statement on the Murder of George Floyd
and the Movement for Racial Justice and Change
As a multiracial organization of working class tenants in privately-owned, HUD assisted housing, NAHT’s elected all-tenant Board condemns the abhorrent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Stephon Clark, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others before them. These murders at the hands of racist police and vigilantes reflect the sordid 400 year history of white supremacy and violent racial subjugation that has stained our country since its inception. The systemic trauma this violence inflicts daily on all people of color, and the destructive sickness of racism that causes it, affect us all. This must end, and it must end now.Read more
National Alliance of HUD Tenants Annual Conference by Zoom! Monday, June 29 through Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Three Days of Exciting Zoom Meetings!
All sessions start at Noon EDT
Monday June 29: Group Awards to tell NAHT’s Story and Vision for 2020
Invited Guest Speakers at 1 pm
NAHT Annual Meeting (Voting Reps only) at 3:15 pm
Tuesday June 30: Plenary Session with Top HUD Officials (confirmed)
Help Advance NAHT’s Tenant Empowerment Agenda
Wednesday July 1: Senate and House Lobby Forums
Invited key Senate and House Leaders
Tenant-Led Workshops Including:
HUD Tenants Rights Under COVID
Protecting Senior High Rise buildings from COVID
How to Fight Management Harassment and Abuse
Racism, Displacement and Gentrification in HUD Housing
How to Save Our Homes from Market Conversion
Enforcing the Right to Organize
Organizing Tenants in “Tax Credit” Buildings
All members of Tenant Groups that renew dues or join NAHT, will be able to participate in ALL Conference meetings, for NO additional registration fee!
NAHT’s Membership Dues for building-level Tenant Groups, are $25 per group per year. You can pay or renew your group’s dues online or mail to it NAHT.
Non-profit tenant organizing or advocacy groups can join NAHT as non-voting Associate Members. Associate Member dues are on a sliding scale based on budget ($75 for organizations with budgets under $25,000 per year; $125 for budgets between $25,000 and $100,000 per year; $225 if over $100,000 per year).
Please submit your Board or Committee or Staff list with your dues payment, including emails and cellphone numbers, so that ALL your organizations members can participate in NAHT Conference sessions!
Individuals who are not from a Tenant Group or Associate Member organization can participate in the conference for $25. Click here to pay your individual 2020 Conference fee.
For more information, email NAHT at: [email protected]
Or call 617-522-4523 or 617-233-1885
mail – National Alliance of HUD Tenants, 42 Seaverns Ave., Jamaica Plain MA 02130
On January 20, 2020, elected leaders of the national US tenants’ union released a sweeping “Save Our Homes Platform” for the 2020 Elections, and denounced HUD’s proposed new rule to dismantle Fair Housing protections.
“On the eve of Dr. Martin Luther King Day, the Trump Administration has proposed a new rule to gut Fair Housing Protections and threaten tenants nationwide,” said Geraldine Collins, President of the NAHT Board who lives in senior housing on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. “HUD should be working to undo decades of federally-sponsored segregation in housing and neighborhoods, not make institutional racism worse. We demand that HUD withdraw this dangerous proposal.”
NAHT also released its Save Our Homes Platform for the 2020 Elections on MLK Day. In contrast to the Trump Administration’s policy to dismantle Fair Housing protections, NAHT calls for full implementation of the AFFH rule and support for a $200 billion Anti-Displacement Fund to remedy past discrimination. NAHT’s Platform also calls for:
· Universal Section 8 Vouchers for all low income renters who need them
· Full funding for Public and Section 8 Housing and $100 billion to rebuild Public Housing over 10 years
· $2.5 trillion to build 10 million affordable mixed income apartments over the next decade
Founded in 1991, NAHT is the national tenants union representing 1.2 million Section 8 families in privately-owned, HUD assisted multifamily housing. NAHT’s mission is to empower residents to save and improve their homes as affordable housing.
NAHT can connect interested media outlets with resident leaders and organizations across the US for local comments. Contact: Michael Kane, [email protected] 617-522-4523 or 617-233-1885.
HUD has published a Memo implementing HUD’s commitments at the NAHT conference HUD plenary on June 10, in response to issues raised by NAHT tenant leaders!
The Memo instructs Owners to:
- Ensure 24 Notice to tenants prior to ANY physical inspections
- Make copies of final REAC Reports and key correspondence available to tenants for 60 days
- Make copies of Notices of Default or Violation, Corrective Action Plans and 100% Surveys, if any, available to tenants
- Make copies of Owners' "Self Certification" of compliance for emergency Health and Safety citations
- Post a Notice to all residents with contact information to HUD for tenants to file complaints about discrepancies in owners’ claims