CUFFH Programs

Community Organizing

Community Organizing is the backbone of CUFFH's work building a movement to address the affordable housing crisis. Those of us directly impacted by New York City's housing crisis help determine the direction we take on strategy, elevate the issue and establish concrete solutions, through participatory democracy and community education at CUFFH committee meetings.

Brian Cahill | bcahill@cuffh.org | 646-830-4845

 

Affordable Housing Workshops

CUFFH offers year-round affordable housing workshops where community members receive an introduction to our work and get training and assistance to navigate the affordable housing lottery application process. Residents receive expert, step-by-step advice on the what to expect through the application process, including a review of the application and other required documents, information on financial empowerment and managing credit and debt portfolios, and additional support through the selection and interview process. In addition to larger workshops, CUFFH also provides One-on-One Application Assistance including information and training on the necessary interview skills and financial literacy needed to obtain an affordable housing unit.*  CUFFH workshops are offered at various locations and times throughout the year. View our Calendar for details on upcoming workshops, or contact Cesar Rodriguez for more information.

 Cesar Rodriguez | crodriguez@cuffh.org | 347-583-0476

 

Tenant Rights

CUFFH is at the forefront in the struggle to create and preserve affordable housing in our communities by educating tenants about their rights. Our Know Your Rights as a Tenant sessions are open to all residents at our affordable housing workshops to ensure that the most vulnerable populations are equipped with the necessary information to combat displacement and illegal landlord harassment. In partnership with Brooklyn Legal Services, we connect residents with no-fee lawyers who provide legal services helping to prevent eviction and assist with harassment, eviction and other tenant-related cases.

Chris Colon | ccolon@cuffh.org | 347-415-3952

  

Immigration

The Trump administration has declared war on immigrant communities, with increased ICE raids across the country, including one in NYC a few blocks away from a CUFFH member church. As a result, our offices and member churches are now seeing an influx of terrified residents who fear their families being torn apart. CUFFH is working to coordinate and carry out immigrant-protecting advocacy efforts including legal services for immigrant families and emergency housing at several of our network churches.

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Brian Cahill | bcahill@cuffh.org | 646-830-4845

 

Youth Programs 

Gaining Responsibility through Ownership and Willingness (GROW) is CUFFH’s youth organizing program. GROW meets weekly to offer professional development, community organizing training, facilitation skills, and recreational activities (including soccer and basketball) for youth ages 14 to 25. GROW takes place after school on Fridays at two locations in Bushwick and Williamsburg offering free sports and social justice themed arts programming. GROW helps CUFFH youth gain leadership and organizing skills to tackle the housing issues that directly impact their lives, and to build the community power to confront those issues by leading and participating in trainings with their peers on pressing community and social justice issues.

Ausar Burke| aburke@cuffh.org| 347-574-2312

Gio Matos | gmatos@cuffh.org | 646-260-9270

 

Church and Community Benefits 

CUFFH works closely with churches to ensure they receive the best deal with the greatest community benefits in negotiating development projects on or near their property. CUFFH provides assistance to clergy in evaluating their assets and serving as an intermediary between the church and developers.

Rob Solano | rsolano@cuffh.org | 347-680-7069

 

Rezoning Issues

CUFFH leaders are also at the table to negotiate the best community benefit agreements between the community and developers when new developments are introduced in our neighborhoods.

Alex Fennell | afennell@cuffh.org | 404-368-3610

 

 *CUFFH does not rent apartments. CUFFH works with real estate professionals and community sponsors who market available apartments. The City requires that City-subsidized apartments be rented through an Open Lottery system to ensure fair and equitable distribution of housing to eligible applicants. There are no brokers’ fees and no application fees.


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