Fighting the Affordable Housing Crisis: 44 Years of Solutions

UHAB's "A House Divided" Screening Party & Panel

“How inspiring it was to be surrounded by so many other people all hoping for equity and justice in New York City housing!” This was the consensus among about 100 tenants, HDFC co-op shareholders, housing advocates, and affordable housing allies who gathered at St. Paul’s Chapel for UHAB’s “44 Years of Self Help” screening, panel, and party on April 27, 2017. Scroll down for photos!

What Happened?

The thought-provoking documentary, “A House Divided,” exploring the city’s housing crisis, featured members of the Crown Heights Tenant Union (CHTU), the Brooklyn coalition of tenant associations incubated and guided by UHAB.  Norman Lear (producer of the documentary and creator of the groundbreaking TV sitcoms “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons”) welcomed us via video.

Investigative journalist and former City Limits editor Tom Robbins moderated a lively panel discussion, including Donna Mossman, a CHTU founding member who appeared in the film, Deborah Sanders, an HDFC co-op shareholder in a rapidly gentrifying Harlem neighborhood and a member of both the HDFC Shareholders Forum and the Task Force on HDFCs, Samuel Stein, a board member of Tenants & Neighbors who was also in the documentary, and “America Divided” series co-creator and executive producer Solly Granatstein. 

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Big Thanks!

UHAB is grateful to Semsom, which generously donated the hummus platters, and to Blue Spoon Coffee, which gave us the cookies.  City Beet Kitchens, a nonprofit that trains homeless and unemployed people in the culinary arts, catered the rest of the food and Trinity Church Wall Street graciously allowed us to use their gorgeous chapel.

About the Film

"A House Divided," a 45-minute segment of the docu-series "America Divided" on the racial and economic obstacles to securing decent, affordable housing, was produced by Norman Lear (of "All in the Family" fame), Shonda Rhimes, and Common. The documentary features members of CHTU, including founding member Donna Mossman, also a panelist for the discussion following the film.