Newark Housing Authority Fair Housing Officer and Activist to Join Conversation About Government Segregation
Monarch Housing Associates in partnership with Seton Hall University Law School, the Anti-Poverty Network of NJ, and NJ Institute for Social Justice will host a Public Policy Forum on The Color of Law on May 16, 2018.
The Public Policy Forum keynote speaker and author Richard Rothstein will present the national research in his book, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Government Segregated America, and take questions from the audience.
There is no cost to reserve your spot at the Public Policy Forum but donations to offset the cost of the event are appreciated.
Please register today for this important event and opportunity to delve deeper into the issue of segregation. Tickets are going quickly. As of this morning half of the tickets have been purchased in less than a week. The Forum will include the opportunity to discuss how we can all work to further advance fair housing in New Jersey. The event will be held at Seton Hall Law School in Newark.
As part of the program of The Color of Law Public Policy Forum, Felicia Alston-Singleton, Fair Housing Officer for the City of Newark and Resident Advocate for Public (NHA), Private, and Market Rate Housing will join a panel discussion.
- Demelza Baer, Senior Counsel & Director of the Economic Mobility Initiative at the NJ Institute for Social Justice
- Richard Rothstein, Author, The Color of Law
- Rev. Eric Dobson, Fair Share Housing Center
Felicia Alston-Singleton is a resident advocate for the residents of the city of Newark and surrounding areas. She works with the Greater Newark HUD Tenants Coalition and STEPS (Solution To End Poverty Soon). She is also very involved in local advocacy in the City of Newark. She serves as the Board Vice President for the Anti-Poverty Network of NJ.
About five years ago, Alston-Singleton became an advocate representing herself in court when facing eviction as a victim of an unscrupulous landlord. She advocates for tenants in public and subsidized housing around the city.
She began studying the NJ Tenants Rights handbook. Eventually the Housing Authority repaired her apartments’ problem with backed-up sewage in her unit.
Shelterforce blogger Keli A. Tianga wrote about Newark, “Although Newark has some of the region’s largest cultural and academic institutions, such as Rutgers University’s Newark campus, the NJ Performing Arts Center, and Seton Hall Law School, it is no exception. The major issues for residents here are affordability, stability, and housing quality and safety. One organizer pointed out another who hasn’t had pest control visit his building in the 16 months he’s lived there, and is now being forced to contact Code Enforcement.”
Writes Tianga, “As people walk up looking for help, she lets them know that they are there to ‘educate, empower, and strengthen the community.’”
The City of Newark is tearing down affordable housing units and replacing it with luxury apartments leading to an even bigger housing affordability problem.
The mission of the Greater Newark HUD Tenants Coalition is to fight for tenants’ rights and to encourage and preserve low-income affordable housing.
The Tenants Coalition’s membership includes public housing tenant organizations, tenants living in subsidized housing, public housing residents, private housing residents and homeowners. Tenants make up a significant group in the City of Newark with 73% of the city’s population renting their homes.
The Tenant Coalition works with Newark Mayor Ras Baraka to:
- preserve Newark’s strong rent control ordinance,
- maintain the city’s decreasing number of public and private federal subsidized housing residents, and
- create a strong inclusionary zoning ordinance.
As the subsidized housing stock decreases in Newark, inclusionary housing becomes a larger tool in creating affordable housing.
The Newark Housing Authority, like many housing authorities across the country, has faced decreasing federal U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban (HUD) funding in recent years which translates until less staffing and funds for maintenance and repair work orders.