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Forum Post: Hurricane Distribution Center being shut down by New York City Housing Authority!

Posted 1 year ago on Dec. 22, 2012, 6:08 p.m. EST by TrevorMnemonic (5827)
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"Call 311! Call NYCHA at 212-306-3000!

Hurricane Distribution Center being shut down by New York City Housing Authority!

The 57th Street Action Center has been operating as the central emergency distribution hub for the Arverne Queens area at the Ocean Bay Apartment houses since Hurricane Sandy struck the NYC area. The center distributes food, supplies, medical, and legal services to those still living in unhealthy environments. There are still 10,000 people living without power in Rockaway alone and the action center is under the threat of being closed down by its landlord, the New York City Housing Authority."

Just heard this news from a friend.

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[-] 4 points by ZenDog (20604) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

The NYT has a big article on the recovery today [Saturday, 12/22, print edition, haven't checked online]. The main focus of the article is the question raised by proposed changes in the building codes due to a redrawing of the flood plain.

It could well be that closing this facility is designed to slow the pace at which homeowners are rebuilding - one more hurdle before those who have not yet committed to rebuild now, before the changes can actually be put down on paper.

No doubt there are monied interests eying all of that valuable real estate, hoping for bargain prices. This could easily be another source of pressure put on the City to do whatever they can to slow people down.

[-] 2 points by shooz (26721) 1 year ago

Like these guys maybe?

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/12/22/david-koch-spokesman-tells-hurricane-sandy-victims-to-suck-it-up/

They must not be buying the re-building products from Georgia Pacific.

[-] 2 points by shooz (26721) 1 year ago

There are those that would suggest that the Koch's and their "industries" blow.

http://veracitystew.com/2012/12/16/why-the-koch-brothers-blow/

I tend to agree.

They are NOT American. They ARE neolibe(R)tarians.

[-] 2 points by ZenDog (20604) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

Why can't they just have a car accident?

[-] 2 points by shooz (26721) 1 year ago

Perhaps the IRS will bring the truth to light?

http://veracitystew.com/2012/12/17/documents-show-alec-preparing-for-irs-audit/

It would be sweet to see them go the way of Capone, as they are criminals of an even higher caliber.

[-] 2 points by ZenDog (20604) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

but why do we need to pay to warehouse these criminals who have done such harm to American society? Let us document their crimes, and then just be rid of them

[-] 2 points by shooz (26721) 1 year ago

Take away all their money and send 'em to the moon then?

Was that Gingrich's plan for a moon base all along? LOL

[-] 2 points by ZenDog (20604) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

the idea makes me feel all warm and fuzzy . . . . I imagine it must be awfully difficult to breathe on the moon . . .

[-] 2 points by shooz (26721) 1 year ago

Give 'em few fat tanks of refinery discharge..........LOL

[-] 1 points by ZenDog (20604) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

<bleck>

[-] 1 points by shooz (26721) 1 year ago

They deserve to breath every ounce.

[-] 2 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 1 year ago

Wow I didn't even think of that angle. That's fucked up and right in their line of exploitation.

[-] 2 points by ZenDog (20604) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

The article didn't touch that angle either - but it is beach front property, and one of the proposals is to raise future housing up 8 feet - on pilings or something similar.

Drive the price up to rebuild, puts a lot of existing homeowners shit out of luck.

Personally I don't think it makes sense to rebuild anyway - it's likely to happen again, it's just hard to say when, but when it does it could easily be much worse - if not permanent.

[-] 3 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 1 year ago

City says: "Stop all relief efforts including donation distribution areas" at community center and relief site in the Rockaways.

Statement by Mrs Doe of the Action Center:

"The non-profit corporation the Action Center for Education and Community Development Inc. has served the Rockaway community for over 12 years. Specific to NYCHA the Action Center runs the DYCD Cornerstone program from the Ocean Bay Community Center.

Following the advent of Sandy, although the community center its self was flooded, the Action Center quickly mobilized and morphed into a relief center that has become a life line to residents having providing including financial, medical, legal and nutritional, as well as basic day to day. To date this has translated into nearly 1,000 heaters distributed to ward off the cold, 300 toddler beds to our young and vulnerable, 1,000 Pack n Plays donated from the CEO of Greco to our babies, $100,000 in diaper, formula, and food from Diapers.com driven and fueled by nearly 2,000 moms, $ 2,000 in de-humiderfiers, and medical supplies by the truck load including one driven in by Robert Kennedy Jr himself.

On Dec 20th the Action Center was informed that in order to get the center cleaned so that the afterschool program can get back up and running they would have to stop all relief efforts including donation distribution areas, warming tents and medical and legal services and take all materials as well as the two 20 by 40 tents out and clear the building. Scant minutes after the meeting the Action Center’s medical team sent a resident to the emergency room, the mother of 4 in the middle of a heart attack.

It’s hard to think of what would have happened had we already cleared the building.

Because this is a daily life and death struggle we seek your help in finding a solution by working together & coming together to satisfy the needs of both NYCHA and crisis relief that The Action Center continues to supply. There are lives literally being saved. We are asking for help to work out a viable solution that achieves both goals which are not mutually exclusive.

If the rooms are cleared and cleaned room by room, all the services can continue while the cleaning takes place without interruption and without delaying the After-schools starting back up.

If that proved difficult to sanction the Action Center has two 20 by 40 tents on the premises, which were set up and operated by the same vendor that operated FEMAs and the Red Crosses as well as City tents. We’d like to have the option to continue services there, if the clearing and cleaning room by room proves problematic.

In addition to the physical beacon of hope the Action Center represents, our services has also helped bind the community together during this difficult time of struggle. Residents are anxious and tensions are high as they are once again faced with being left alone in their struggle if our services went away. All other sites are too far between 25 and 70 blocks, or because of inherent divisions in the community impossible to traverse. We want to elevate the tension and let them know as quickly as possible that a reasonable and measurable solution has been found

Sincerely, Aria Doe Executive Director The Action Center"

[-] 2 points by ZenDog (20604) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago
  • In addition to the physical beacon of hope the Action Center represents, our services has also helped bind the community together during this difficult time of struggle.

Sure - promote isolation, cut the thread that binds. Sounds like the City deliberately sabotaging the effort to hold this community together.

I think there must be a typo in the organizations statement . . . ?

  • We want to elevate the tension

last paragraph. It should read :

al·le·vi·ate [uh-lee-vee-eyt] Show IPA verb (used with object), al·le·vi·at·ed, al·le·vi·at·ing. to make easier to endure

not

el·e·vate [el-uh-veyt; el-uh-veyt, -vit] Show IPA verb, el·e·vat·ed, el·e·vat·ing, adjective. verb (used with object) 1. to move or raise to a higher place or position; lift up.

.

I'm sure they didn't mean they want to raise tension but rather lower it . . . ? Given the context I'm sure they meant alleviate.

[-] 1 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 1 year ago

Good point about the typo. I thought that was odd when I read it too. But I didn't want to change the quote.

[-] 1 points by ZenDog (20604) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

nope, I don't blame you. You could contact them and ask what they meant. I'm sure I must be correct, but without confirmation it probably isn't appropriate to append the notation:

  • [sic]
[-] 2 points by beautifulworld (20418) 1 year ago

It is hard to understand these kinds of senseless actions. There are still a lot of people suffering. Why would they do this?

[-] 0 points by shooz (26721) 1 year ago

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/12/22/david-koch-spokesman-tells-hurricane-sandy-victims-to-suck-it-up/

Why do these guys seem to show up wherever corporate greed is taking hold?

[-] 1 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 1 year ago

Yah I saw that. You know it's really hard to believe that these guys can continue to lower the bar. Greed has turned their souls black.

[-] 0 points by shooz (26721) 1 year ago

Unfortunately their greed is turning much of the country as black as their souls.