A panel discussion will include:
• Lionel Nixon, Universal African Peoples Org, Green Party [moderator]
• James M. Heard, Director, Housing and Urban Development
• Cheryl Lovell, Executive Director, St. Louis Housing Authority
• Sean Thomas, Old North St. Louis Restoration Group
• Greg Tumlin, Citizens Coalition to Fight Eminent Domain Abuse
• Bertha Gilkey, Housing Consultant
St. Louis needs to expand available housing that is affordable and lead-free. Citizens need to know which agencies can help them with housing issues, either through grants, vouchers or other forms of assistance.
But problems in St. Louis are getting worse as low income housing is being turned over to private developers. Homes are being torn down to make room for medium income and well-to-do families.
Fair housing legislation should protect residents from discrimination, including having children. Unfortunately, many who need public housing do not earn enough to qualify for benefits of “affordable housing,” which requires an income of at least $19,000.
Empty areas between houses pose a major barrier to rebuilding St. Louis communities. This is made worse by speculators’ buying up property, forcing renters out, and not doing anything to improve it. We need not just homes, but communities where people can live safely with their neighbors. Come help us develop recommendations for housing policy reform.
Sponsored by Gateway Green Alliance and Universal African Peoples Organization. For more information call 314-727-8554 or visit: