Tuesday, September 9, 2014

7th ANNUAL RePHRAME Community Forum Being Held October 28, 2014 @ 6th Mount Zion Baptist Church

It is that time again for the community to rally around public housing concerns. Come ONE, Come ALL To Our Community Forum This Year. We will gather on the MOUNT This Year IN JACKSON WARD__6TH MOUNT ZION BAPTIST CHURCH. See YOU There. Sharing of Ideas is MOST Definitely welcomed and encouraged. RePHRAME and its partner groups work to engage local residents in creating their own vision of building thriving and inclusive communities. Come and learn about policies & procedures that affect our community and add your voice to a community-led process for positive change. RePHRAME is an alliance of public housing residents, advocates, allies, and community groups. The organization formed in 2008 to make sure public housing residents & housing advocates in Richmond have a voice in their communities. THANKS FOR YOU PATIENCE AS WE CONTINUE TO GROW WITHIN OUR COMMUNITY !!!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

6th Annual Community Forum "TEACHING Transparency, Protecting Community"

Media Advisory: Contact RePHRAME @ RePHRAME@gmail.com 804.476.0756 “One City, One Community” TEACHING Transparency, Protecting Community RePHRAME to Hold 6th Annual Community Forum on October 24, 2013 On Thursday, October 24, 2013, at 5:30 PM, RePHRAME will sponsor its 6th Annual Community Forum highlighting the concerns of public housing residents in Richmond. The event will be held at Greater Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, 913 N. 1st Street, Richmond, VA 23220 in the Fellowship Hall. Dinner will be provided and children are welcome. The march toward eliminating poverty has had several omissions directly impacting quality of life for the residents that already live within the Richmond city limits. Transportation, Housing and Trauma associated with NOT knowing living quarters will be topics at this year’s forum. Impending redevelopment and potential challenges to the city’s long standing history of NOT implementing Section 3 requirements of federal dollars used in marginalized community development will also be addressed at this year’s forum. Last year’s Unpacking the 2010 Census data provided supporting research to empower residents as to how to include their voice at the table of engagement with results will also be available for public awareness. RePHRAME and its partner groups work to engage local residents in creating their own vision of building thriving and inclusive communities. Come and learn about policies & procedures that affect our community and add your voice to a community-led process for positive change. RePHRAME is an alliance of public housing residents, advocates, allies, and community groups. The organization formed in 2008 to make sure public housing residents & housing advocates in Richmond have a voice in their communities. Greater Mt. Moriah Baptist Church is located on GRTC Route 32 Ginter Park. The bus stop is at the corner of Baker & 1st Streets. ###

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

"Like" rePHRAME's new Facebook Page

rePHRAME has a brand new Facebook page, which you can access here.

Monday, October 29, 2012

RePHRAME Media Advisory_RePHRAME To HOLD 5th Annual Community Forum_11.01.12 _5:30PM until 8:30PM


MEDIA ADVISORY

SAVE THE DATE, November 1, 2012

Contact: Lillie A. Estes: 804.476.0756

RePHRAME@gmail.com

“One City, One Community” Eliminating Poverty, Protecting Community

RePHRAME to Hold 5th Annual Community Forum on November 1, 2012

On Thursday, November 1, 2012, at 5:30 PM, RePHRAME will sponsor its 5th Annual Community Forum highlighting the concerns of public housing residents in Richmond. The event will be held at Good Shepherd Baptist Church, 1127 N. 28th Street, Richmond, VA 23223 in the Fellowship Hall. Dinner will be provided and children are welcome.

A plan is underway to redevelop the 950 public housing units in the East End of the city. A significant number of housing units presently occupied by very low-income families will be lost. This forum will focus on the historical decisions that created the present concentration of poverty in the East End of Richmond as presented in Unpacking the 2010 Census. Equipped with the real story of the past, public housing residents and their advocates will be positioned to engage effectively in the dialogue and decisions about the redevelopment of Creighton and Whitcomb courts.

RePHRAME and its partner groups work to engage local residents in creating their own vision of building thriving and inclusive communities. Come and learn about policies & procedures that affect our community and add your voice to a community-led process for positive change.

RePHRAME is an alliance of public housing residents, advocates, allies, and community groups. The organization formed in 2008 to make sure public housing residents & housing advocates in Richmond have a voice in their communities.

Good Shepherd Baptist Church is located on GRTC Route 45 Jefferson. The bus stop is at the corner of 28th & R Streets.
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Thursday, May 10, 2012

"Dozens Protest Potential Sale of RRHA's 'Scattered-Site' Public Housing"

By: ROBERT ZULLO | Richmond Times-Dispatch Published: May 10, 2012 Updated: May 10, 2012 - 12:00 AM RICHMOND, Va. -- When Doreen Hill left Mosby Court for one of the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority's "scattered site" homes more than 20 years ago, she felt she was taking a step forward. After five years in the East End housing project, she had finished a family self-sufficiency program, had a job with Interbake Foods and was moving into a new home on Kansas Avenue, near Maymont Park. Hill, 56, was among nearly 50 people, mostly elderly women, who showed up at a community meeting Wednesday night on the future of the authority's 121 scattered site homes, which the housing authority has contemplated selling. Hill and others who spoke at the meeting worried about having to go back to one of the city's housing projects if their homes are sold. "To me, that's moving backward," Hill said. "Before I did that, I'd leave RRHA altogether." New RRHA Chief Executive Officer Adrienne Goolsby, a former Chicago public official who has been on the job about two weeks, stressed to the crowd that no decision had been made regarding the homes. "I want to make sure that we create a plan that's holistic with the community and that this plan is not just dictated by RRHA," she after the meeting. She added that staff are evaluating all the homes, including the nearly half that are vacant. "This will not be a blanket-type approach," Goolsby told the crowd. "That's one thing I can guarantee." The initial plan to sell the homes dates to 2005, when the housing authority decided the scattered site properties had become too costly to operate and maintain. The authority began renovating homes to sell to residents or other low-income buyers, though only 11 had sold by this year, when the authority floated the idea of selling the homes "as is." That move prompted bitter opposition from residents. " 'As is' was never mentioned years ago about buying your house," said Charlene Harris, 65, who lives on Colorado Avenue. "I just retired. When am I even going to get money to buy my house as is, when it needs so many repairs that should have been done years ago?" Others at the meeting criticized the management of the housing authority for broken promises regarding purchasing their homes, letting houses deteriorate, shoddy workmanship, failing to respond to maintenance requests and intimidating residents. James Kevin Harris, Charlene Harris' son, told Goolsby she should start with housing authority staff. "They're scaring ladies into not complaining about things that's wrong with their houses because they might have been late on their rent and they got a fee they've got to pay," he said. "It's just really like fear-mongering. That's how I see it." At meetings, housing authority managers "speak to these people like they're children," Harris added. "They don't give them any respect," he said. "They don't know anything when you're trying to get an answer. And they need to be held accountable." Goolsby said she would follow up on complaints. "I need to meet with staff to get a better sense of how we operate," she said. Deborah Willis, 47, lives in the South Lombardy Street house her mother rented from 1974 until she died and wants to stay there. "Nobody's shooting, nobody's bothering me. All the neighbors are close," she said. "It's wonderful." Willis, who has cancer, lupus and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pays $198 a month in rent and is on a fixed income. "If I fall out, I know my neighbors are there," she said. "The neighborhood is beautiful. I just don't want to leave." City Councilman E. Martin Jewell, whose 5th District includes many of the properties, welcomed Goolsby to Richmond, saying at the meeting that she "seems to come with a bright, fresh spirit." Jewell said plans to sell the homes "in this god-awful way is total disregard for dignity and respect," and added that residents have been given mixed messages from the housing authority as to how and when they'd be able to purchase the homes. "The homes have been paid for ages ago," he said. "There are all sorts of alternatives we could consider." rzullo@timesdispatch.com (804) 649-6911