Please give in honor of Mother’s Day

Even in the face of evictions, women working hard to care for sick and elderly parents in public housing aren’t backing down. Together with NMASS, they’ve launched the Family Caregivers Project to demand that the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) respect their caregiving work and give them successor rights to the family apartment where they have lived and cared for their sick and elderly parent or grandparent. Already they’ve reached out to friends and neighbors, published a “Caregivers Bulletin,” met in living rooms and kitchens to gather family caregivers together around these important demands.

With your support, we can win the fight for successor rights for family caregivers–women who give up everything to care for their loved ones only to find themselves heartlessly thrown out on the streets by NYCHA.

Please make a gift and spread the word in honor of this Mother’s Day.

Give in honor of a grandmother, mother, aunt or sister.


NMASS Family Caregivers from NMASS Member on Vimeo.

It’s Time to S.W.E.A.T.–Forum this Friday @ CUNY Law

If stealing is a crime, then bosses should be prosecuted for wage theft.

An estimated $1 billion is stolen from workers each year in New York City alone. A preliminary survey of workers’ centers and legal advocates shows that less than 2% is ever recovered and paid back to workers. Bosses continue to break the law and walk away without even a slap on the wrist. Whether the minimum wage rises to $10 or $15 an hour, workers are still increasingly unpaid, underpaid and overworked.

Join us to hear workers, students, legal advocates and politicians discuss new findings on the proliferation of wage theft and strategize together around the SWEAT Bill–an exciting new way we can hold bosses accountable, toughen enforcement and unleash future waves of workers’ organizing.

 CUNY School of Law
2 Court Square, Long Island City
E/7/M/G to Court Square
Friday, April 25 12-2 PM

Family Caregivers Come Together to Make Demands on NYCHA

“I moved in to LaGuardia take care of my very ill mother. My mother had cared for her own mother who’d lived there since 1968. Juggling work and and the care of my mother, I lost my job as well as my previous apartment. Me and my two children had been living with my mother for a while when she applied to put us on the lease. But then, she passed away. Then last November 17, my husband died. He was a veteran with three Purple Hearts. On December 31st, NCHA told me we were being evicted. I’ve been searching for an affordable apartment since then, but still haven’t found anything.”

-Luz Fontanez

NYCHA’s rules were changed in 2002 under the Bloomberg Administration to make it more difficult for family caregivers to get on the lease after their parent passes away. The rules now say that if you weren’t living with your family in NYCHA right from the start or haven’t been living the whole time with your parent, to be entitled to be on the lease, you have to:

1) receive the housing manager’s written permission to permanently live in the apartment and

2) also have lived for at least a year with that approval before your parent passes away.

Before Bloomberg changed the law, you could get onto the lease, if you showed you had tried to apply for permanent approval before your parent passed away.

Now, family caregivers are being pushed out by NYCHA once their family member passes away. Enough is enough! Family caregivers are coming together to demand that NYCHA respect caregiving work and change their policies to make it easier for people taking care of sick or elderly family can get on the lease more easily.