Families from Church Street South demand safe, affordable housing

On March 30, 2011 children of Church Street South marched alongside their parents and thousands of others from all sectors and walks of life in New Haven’s “We Are One” march for unity and solidarity with working people.

Home to 300 families, Church Street South (CSS) is a low-income housing development adjacent to Union Station that’s been slated for redevelopment. In January carbon monoxide leaked from a faulty furnace led to dozens of Church Street South families being evacuated. The temporarily relocated residents decided to take action. They linked up with CCNE’s Ricardo Henriquez and formed a tenant’s committee; led by Jissette Chona and Esther Martinez, the residents began knocking on fellow tenants’ doors several days per week.  The organizing effort aims not only to address immediate concerns with the buildings, but to give the families there a voice in redevelopment and a right to return to the planned mixed-use project that will eventually replace “the Jungle.”

For more on the organizing at CSS, check out Allan Appel’s article, “Church Street South Tenants Organize” in the New Haven Independent. And for the latest update on the redevelopment of Church Street South, click here.


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