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We’ve just received a two-part press release from We Are New Albany.
In Spring 2017, New Albany, Indiana Mayor Jeff Gahan announced his intention to demolish more than half of the town’s public housing stock. Apart from vague promises of housing vouchers, residents have been told almost nothing about the plan or what will become of them. Sign the petition: No demolition without a plan to replace!
Part One (click link): “A CITY WHERE WE ALL CAN LIVE: A report prepared by the We Are New Albany Campaign.”
We Are New Albany March 17, 2018 Press Release
We Are New Albany endorses Republican candidate Ed Clere of Indiana State House of Representatives, District 72. This endorsement is a reflection of Ed Clere’s consistent support of New Albany Housing Authority’s residents, and opposition to the city’s demolition plan without a plan to replace.
We Are New Albany prides itself on its lack of partisanship and has attempted to avoid endorsements in order to retain this non-partisan image. However, the lack of public support from many candidates running for public office has prompted the decision to move forward with endorsements for candidates that publicly support New Albany Housing Authority residents.
The criteria for consideration from We Are New Albany for an endorsement is as follows:
- Publicly denouncing the plan to demolish public units without a plan to replace.
- Publicly acknowledge that planned conversion of public housing units into vouchers through the Rental Assistance Demonstration is not a guarantee of stable, decent housing.
- Publicly acknowledge the affordable housing shortage in New Albany and the lack of a plan by the city to construct affordable housing.
- Publicly denounce the lack of transparency around the plan to demolish New Albany’s public housing units.
- Publicly acknowledge the long-term consequences of reducing public housing stock, which will reduce access to future affordable housing.
- Consistently support New Albany Housing Authority residents publicly.
Candidates may receive an endorsement for satisfying one or more of the criteria. With that said, our basis for determining an endorsement will not be based on broad affordable housing advocacy, but rather advocacy specifically for New Albany Housing Authority residents and opposition to plans that would harm residents or leave them homeless.
We Are New Albany will be holding a Spread the Word canvassing event on March 24th to inform New Albany Housing Authority residents about the plan to demolish almost half of the public housing stock without a plan to replace. We are looking for volunteers to come get out the word to protect the residents’ homes. The details for the event are as follows:
Date: Saturday March 24, 2018
Time: 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Where: Empowerment Community Church 1138 Pearl Street, New Albany, IN 47150
We Are New Albany will be hosting a political social on April 7th to inform the community and New Albany Housing Authority residents about local, state and Federal candidates. Candidates from both parties running for local, state, and Federal offices have been invited and will be attending the political social. We will also be working to register voters on site. The details for the event are as follows:
Date: Saturday April 7, 2018
Time: 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Where: Clean Socks Hope 800 E 8th Street, New Albany, IN 47150