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UCC's Executive Director Ana Aguirre representing UCC at a Town Hall about the development plans

UCC’s Executive Director Ana Aguirre representing UCC at a Town Hall about the development plans

This winter, UCC joined community residents and other local organizations to form the Coalition for Community Advancement: Progress for East New York and Cypress Hills. The coalition was formed to address city plans to allow the building of 5,000 to 7,000 units of new housing in East New York.  We want to work closely with the city, elected officials and others  to make sure that  the plans are responsive to community needs.

We have created a People’s Platform that demands:

  • Creation of affordable housing based on the average income brackets in the neighborhood
  • Guaranteed policies to prevent displacement and preserve affordability of small homes
  • Assurance that living wage jobs will result from the rezoning
  • Preservation of manufacturing businesses
  • Commitments to new schools, early childhood centers, higher education facilities and a community center
  • Improvement of transportation, infrastructure and safety in our community
  • Creation of public green and open spaces
  • Guaranteed full participation and input from the community in the planning process

UCC and our partners are promoting the platform through community forums, town hall meetings,  and petitions. Sign our petition to delay rezoning to make time for community input, and to receive ongoing updates about how you can get involved!

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