2019 Spring Meet and Greet. Thank you to all who attended and supported this event. See coverage from BronxNet ___________________________________________________________________________
Check out Metropolitics Bronx — Banana Kelly gets a mention in the Decade of Fire article and in the Susan Saegert review of Carol Lamberg’s “Neighborhood Success Stories” (2018) and Harry DeRienzo’s “The Concept of Community: Lessons from the Bronx” (2008).
A very timely article in The City. Banana Kelly is working hard to provide affordable housing to a growing number of South Bronx (and upper Manhattan) residents, but poorly written legislation makes our job harder. Our elected officials need to pass legislation that ensures that a person making minimum wage and having to pay $1500 a month for rent should be supported so that her/his share of that rent is no more than 30% of his/her income.
We are pleased to share this new LISC white paper by David M. Greenberg that examines how partnerships between Community Land Trusts (CLTs) and community development institutions can scale up and sustain land trusts so as to begin to impact displacement at the neighborhood level.
BronxNet sat down with Banana Kelly Community Improvement Association, Inc. and New York Community Trust to talk about the critical relationship between community groups and the organizations that fund them. Watch Eileen Newman’s interview with Patricia Swann, New York Community Trust; Harry DeRienzo, Hope Burgess, Gregory Jost, Wanda Swinney and Jose Rodriguez here:
Our Community Organizing Team has a full calendar of upcoming events and opportunities. Please read through and let us know if you
want to participate or attend any of these events, or have any questions!
Read the Organizing Department's latest Newsletter: What's Going ON!!!
BK Organizing Newsletter April 2018
Banana Kelly Organizing Office Social Gathering
Friday, March 23 // 5:30 – 8:00 PM
Come and join in an evening of socializing, communing, and talking about plans for our community space at 1283 Westchester Ave. A delicious and nutritious dinner will be provided!
Banana Kelly Resident Council Meeting
3 // 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Join us for
this leadership meeting to discuss our larger organizing goals, strategies and structures for the Resident Council and the Organizing Department. Refreshments will be provided. Resident Council meetings are always the first Tuesday of the month.
Banana Kelly Tenant Rights Forum
Wednesday, April 4 // 6:00 – 8:00 PM
See the attached flyer for this forum for tenants who want to know their rights, fight eviction, win repairs, and combat rising rents and other forms of harassment. Open to all community residents, in both Banana Kelly and privately owned buildings. Please feel free to forward the flyer to anyone interested, or ask us for copies to distribute in your building!
Around the City:
Jerome Avenue Rezoning Vote by the City Council – CANCELLED
March 21 // 1:00 PM
out and support our neighbors on Jerome Ave as the City Council votes on the proposed rezoning that would displace many local businesses and long time residents. How this vote goes will have an impact on what happens with the Southern Boulevard Neighborhood Study and possible rezoning!
Picture the Homeless Releases “The Business of Homelessness”
Tuesday, March 27 // 9:00 AM
City Hall Steps
Our friends at PTH will release a new report that documents the wasteful and ever-increasing costs of our homeless shelter system, as well as pathways for that money to be shifted into extremely low income housing for the homeless and those most at-risk of homelessness.
Citywide Tenant Union
Wednesday, March 28 // 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Houston Street Center – 273 Bowery in Manhattan
Are you interested in helping to form a citywide tenant union? This group is still in its early stages of decided campaign strategies, and is looking for neighborhood leaders from across the city to be part of the process!
Get paid to take classes!
Application is due today! (Tuesday, March 20)
CERA is partnering up to offer a series of courses on public health and community engagement. Those who attend all 8 courses get paid $560! Flyer is attached.
Organizing Internships at Banana Kelly
Know a High School or College Student who wants to work as a paid summer intern and is interested in learning community organizing skills right here in the neighborhood? Please refer them to us to discuss a potential match.
The Center for Neighborhood Leadership is accepting applications for their 10-month paid apprenticeship program for new organizers helps individuals gain the skills to become agents of change in their communities. Organizing Apprentices receive a stipend to work nearly full-time in a neighborhood-based host organization and receive high-quality, weekly training and support services. Apprentices are paid a total of $17,000 for their ten months of service and receive health care, child care, interest-free student loan deferments, and up to $5,750 in an education award to pay back student loans or pay for future education. You can apply at this link, and please let us know if you are interested in being placed with Banana Kelly!
If you are interested in any of these events and opportunities, please contact one of the organizing staff!