2003-09-05 / Community

Hip Hop Network To Address Housing Volunteerism

Hip Hop Network To Address Housing Volunteerism


Charles Fisher, founder of the Queens-bas­ed National Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council, Ed Williams, President of EN­PHRONT a nat­ional organization advocating on behalf of 2.0 million public housing residents living in 48 states, Minster Ben Chavis, President of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network representing Russell Simmons and Randy Fisher the Executive Director of the Council, meet to discuss the future of public housing (Photo by Larry Moore).Charles Fisher, founder of the Queens-bas­ed National Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council, Ed Williams, President of EN­PHRONT a nat­ional organization advocating on behalf of 2.0 million public housing residents living in 48 states, Minster Ben Chavis, President of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network representing Russell Simmons and Randy Fisher the Executive Director of the Council, meet to discuss the future of public housing (Photo by Larry Moore).

"ENPHRONT, the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council and the Hip-Hop Summit the Action Network will collaborate to launch the "Hip-Hop 4 Housing" campaign to address the needs of the disenfranchised families living in public and subsidized housing" said Randy Fisher, executive director of the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council.

Among some of the organization’s top priorities are addressing the "One Strike and You’re Out" law and its effect on innocent tenants, as well as the Community Service Requirement (8 hours of volunteer mandatory work per month).

"Public housing residents are mandated to "volunteer" 8 hours a month to community service or face eviction. About 70,000 New York City Housing Authority residents—over 1 out of every 10 residents—will be subject to the requirement" said Ed Williams president of ENPHRONT (Everywhere and Now Public Housing Residents Organizing Now Together). "The definition of the word volunteer is to take part of you own free will. If residents are mandated to volunteer they should also receive some type of training and/or employment during or after their services are rendered so they can become self-sufficient" said Charles Fisher, who is the founder of the National Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council.

Russell Simmons and his Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, ENPHRONT and the National Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council find these Housing laws to be unfair. They plan on holding rallies nationwide starting in September to educate housing residents and the community on the particulars of these laws and what needs to be done to reform them. So far, their approach has been very successful with their ongoing efforts to change the Rockefeller Drug Law. "It is our hope that HUD, NYCHA, and elected officials will assess the detrimental affects these laws are having and offer a viable solution to the problems they are creating," said Williams.


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