Coalition for People will hold its annual meeting on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the main New Haven Free Public Library, 133 Elm Street. Put this on your calendar! All are invited to attend and become members. We hope many PAR members will consider joining the board. One of our major issues this year has been the lack of affordable housing and the need for our policymakers to address this life-and-death concern.
In March we will need your RSVP if you will attend and if you want to be elected to the board. Pizza will be served at our annual meeting. More information will be forthcoming.
Our next board meeting is Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2-4 p.m. at the Fair Haven Library, 182 Grand Ave. in the community room, lower level. All are welcome to attend. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
by Paula Panzarella, Coalition for People
Earlier this year, dozens of people who have been supporters of the Coalition for People and attendees of its annual meetings were asked what topics they would like the group to focus on. There was no lack of issues, and within the responses, various housing concerns were mentioned numerous times. Gentrification, rent control, homelessness and lack of affordable housing were the specifics on people’s minds.
At our March 6 meeting, we decided that housing issues would be a key focus of our work at this time. One of the most vivid examples of the lack of affordable housing occurred last December. Mark Cochran, a homeless man who needed detox, was discharged from the hospital to the street after two days. He died soon thereafter.
We want to hear about your concerns and continue the discussion to develop an action plan on
- Lack of affordable housing in New Haven;
- Homelessness; and
- People without a place to live being discharged from the hospital to the street.
The next meeting will be on Tuesday, April 17, 2 p.m. at the Fair Haven Library, 182 Grand Ave. For more info and your suggestions please call Paula at (203) 562-2798.