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Some of the Wingnut went to the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority (RRHA) meeting on March 21st, to support members of the groups Residents of Public Housing in Richmond Against Mass Eviction (RePHRAME). http://rephrame.blogspot.com/

RePHRAME asked for support at the meeting because RRHA had recently sent public housing residents in scattered sight homes (the more effective and humane sort of public housing as opposed to creating pockets of extreme poverty) had just received letters telling them that RRHA was trying to get approval from Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to sell off the homes as they were too costly to maintain. If they were able to do this, residents would have 90 days to move. RePHRAME supports residents of public housing when they are threatened with displacement.

Many supporters came to the meeting to show that RePHRAME members are not an isolated bunch. In fact, there were so many people there that board room was completely full and some folks had to stay on the outside of the building.  The RRHA office at 901 Chamberlayne was using a metal detector on all visitors, which is a new policy. We tried to ask about the policy, and when it was implemented, and got a general run around about how many gun shots there had been in that area.

We took video of part of the meeting. It was Mo’s first time filming a meeting, so its clipped into a few separate parts, and is a little rough. They weren’t sure about proper manners when it comes to filming a meeting.

The speakers bring up many good points as to why they need to be allowed to stay in the homes where they’ve been paying rent for decades (you’d think they deserve to own them outright after so many years of paying rent). The basic message from all of the people who spoke is that RRHA needs to respect the residents of public housing more, needs to communicate with the residents better, and that RRHA has a long legacy of racism and problematic policies that it will have to really move away from in order to gain the trust of any residents.

Here are the videos:

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The Richmond Public Housing Authority is trying to sell some properties and displace the residents of them. More below!

Please come out to support residents of public housing in Richmond! RePHRAME is an organization of public housing residents that has been doing advocacy work for years in Richmond to help protect the rights of the residents. RRHA has a long history of abuses and bad behavior towards the communities it is supposed to be working for. Please help spread the word!

On March 21, please attend the RRHA Board of Commissioners meeting (5:30
PM at 901 Chamberlayne Parkway, Richmond) to show support for the affected
 residents, who will speak during the public comment period.

If you can’t make the meeting, please call RRHA and let them know that they should not displace residents, or sell off public housing properties (especially without the input of the residents). Phone: (804) 780-4200

From the Richmond Peace Education Center:

[RPEC co-sponsored call to action]

RPEC friend,

The peace center is part of the RePHRAME coalition, which supports the
needs and rights of Richmond’s public housing residents.

**We have been alerted to a situation and are calling for your help with a
response.**

Dozens of low income people who live in “scattered site single-family
public housing” recently received letters from the Richmond Redevelopment
Housing Authority stating that it plans to seek approval from HUD to sell off
their homes. The letters warn the residents that they could be forced to
move if HUD approves. (Their scattered site homes are  detached homes within
neighborhoods and not large public housing complexes–some are found for
example in Randolph).

RRHA wants to sell off the houses and move the families into the city’s
older existing large public housing complexes. Many of
those who received the letters are upset because they’ve lived in the
houses for decades. They don’t want to be forced to move, and don’t wish
to relocate to Gilpin, Mosby, etc. RRHA itself has argued that poverty should
be deconcentrated—and yet these scattered-site homes threatened
by potential sale are among the most “deconcentrated” that RRHA owns.

Before they can ask  HUD for permission to sell the homes, RRHA must get
their own Board of Commissioners to approve selling off the homes. In a
public meeting on WED. MARCH 21 at 5:30, we expect RRHA’s Board of
Commissioners will consider and vote on a resolution giving RRHA the green
light to seek HUD approval to sell the homes.

Concerned Richmonders can and should call for a stop to further reductions
of affordable housing, and to the planned dislocation of these Richmond families.

**On March 21, please attend the RRHA Board of Commissioners meeting (5:30
PM at 901 Chamberlayne Parkway, Richmond) to show support for the affected
residents, who will speak during the public comment period.**

RePHRAME will select public housing residents to act as spokespeople at
the meeting. RePHRAME thanks community partners for attending to show support, and to show the Board of
Commissioners that the residents facing possible dislocation have broader community support.