Rina Gurung

  • Hosted by Urban Justice Center
  • Sponsored by AmeriCorps VISTA, Urban Justice Center
  • Service location New York, New York
  • Issue area Housing - Affordable Housing/Microfinance
  • Fellowship class year 2015
  • Program AmeriCorps VISTA

The Project

Rina will work to preserve Project Based Section 8 properties in New York City through collaboration with tenant advocacy organizations, training of tenant organizers and leaders, and advocating for tenants associations.

Project Based Section 8 properties throughout New York City are privately owned and managed, and are at risk of conversion to market rate rent due to maturity or prepayment of Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) secured mortgage or insurance. Upon expiration of the contract between owners and HUD, tenants who live in these properties with rent subsidy are vulnerable because the owners do not have obligation to renew the contract. As a result, tenants could be displaced, and New York City could lose its stock of affordable housing. This project will enforce the rights of tenants and empower them to save their homes and community.

Fellowship Highlights

During Rina’s Fellowship, Rina:

  • Developed education materials and conduct a series of training workshops for HUD tenant groups and tenant organizers
  • Continued to develop and strengthen relationships with stakeholders, government agencies and elected officials in order to assist tenants
  • Advocated for preservation of Project Based Section 8 properties

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