Media Advisory | Housing Advocates To Evict Rep. Diaz-Balart In Protest

For Immediate Release
July 11, 2017
Media Contacts:
Donald Gatlin (202) 587-2871 dgatlin@rabengroup.com

***MEDIA ADVISORY***
HOUSING ADVOCATES TO EVICT REP. DIAZ-BALART IN PROTEST OF PROPOSED MASSIVE CUTS TO HOUSING PROGRAMS

MIAMI – On Wednesday, July 12, housing advocates and Miami residents who believe that housing is a human right will serve an eviction notice on Congressman Diaz-Balart to highlight the acute affordable housing crisis gripping the country, and to call on him to vastly increase federal investments to address the problem. Diaz-Balart chairs the congressional subcommittee responsible for funding the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD). His committee voted this week on a draft spending measure that would eliminate some 140,000 housing vouchers nationwide and slash funding for housing resources by $1.5 billion below what is required just to keep pace with current commitments, to say nothing of addressing the true need.

Half of all renters in America are cost-burdened, paying over 30 percent of their income to housing. This is over 21 million renter households. One in four of these pay over half of their income to housing, leaving no money left over for basic needs like food or childcare.

Miami Workers Center, Right to the City and CarsonWatch invite members of the media to attend Rep. Diaz-Balart’s eviction, and to a subsequent press conference calling on him to not only reverse course on proposed cuts to HUD’s budget, but to vastly increase investments to account for the fact that currently only one in every four eligible households receives any kind of housing assistance. Wednesday’s action in Miami is concurrent with the first tenant march against HUD cuts in Washington DC, organized by the #Nocuts Coalition, an alliance of over 40 organizations across the country.

What: Housing advocates serve Diaz-Balart eviction notice, and press conference at his district office to demand HUD programs are fully funded
to address the affordable housing crisis

When: Wednesday, July 12, 2017
11:00AM (EDT)

Where:
15724 SW 64th Street
Miami, Florida 33193

Who:
A domestic worker who wouldn’t be able to afford rent if cuts pass.
A senior citizen resident who lives in one of the oldest public housing developments in Miami. Secretary Carson is planning to demolish the development.
Other Miami residents, in partnership with the Miami Workers Center, Right to the City, and Carson Watch

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The Miami Workers Center (MWC) is Miami’s leading social change nonprofit organization that fights for social, racial, economic and gender justice in Miami, Florida. We work to unite and grow the power of low-income Latinos and African-Americans from some of the most vulnerable neighborhoods of Miami, such as Liberty City, Wynwood, Allapattah and Little Havana. We fight for good paying jobs, affordable housing, immigrant rights, the protection of domestic workers and victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse.

Right to the City is a unified response to gentrification and a call to halt the displacement of low-income people, people of color, marginalized LGBTQ communities, and youths of color from their historic urban neighborhoods. We are a national alliance of racial, economic and environmental justice organizations.

Carson Watch is a federal housing watchdog committed to stopping President Trump, HUD Secretary Ben Carson, and their Congressional allies from any attempts to roll back fair housing protections and undermine the housing security of millions of Americans. Join the watch at CarsonWatch.org.