ICC believes as a matter of right that everyone should have access to affordable, decent housing. However, every day this is getting more challenging in our community.
Since Ironbound has attracted housing development even in the City’s lean years, it has been clear to us that if Newark is to gentrify and displace residents in the process, this will occur in Ironbound first.
Our work on the ground with families, especially with the most vulnerable like recent immigrants and public housing residents, who enter our Centers every day complaining of landlord harassment as well as our constant monitoring of projects at Planning and Zoning Boards has supported this concern. When developers proudly claim at Planning Board meetings that their projects are intended for “men in suits from New York and Hoboken,” the community can easily read the writing on the wall.
This has led us to more intensively focus on housing issues in recent years and developing policies and actions that get us as much ahead of the gentrification/displacement curve as possible. We believe strongly that these matters are best addressed through multi-prong strategies that include organizing at the grass roots, affecting policy at the government level, and many other actions in between. While preventing gentrification and shaping a just transition in Newark’s revitalization is a yeoman’s task, we certainly have had some major successes. Chief among these may simply be that ICC has elevated the issue of gentrification and displacement and equitable revitalization into the City’s consciousness and public discourse.
DEc. 6, 2018: Newark is changing, but it will not become Brooklyn, mayor promises. https://www.nj.com/essex/2018/12/newark-is-changing-but-it-will-not-become-brooklyn-mayor-promises.html
The following are recent accomplishments towards housing justice and
equitable revitalization largely led by Ironbound Community Corporation:
Dec. 24, 2018: City Council Moves Ahead With Plan to Give Evicted Residents Free Legal Services.
Oct. 12, 2017: “Gentrification at its worst”: Residents, advocacy groups fight to save Terrell Homes.
Sept. 14, 2018: Redevelopment Plan Detailed for Embattled Millard Terrell Homes.
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