On Friday, March 14, 2007, Take Back the Land is hosting a rally for community control over housing. The rally will be held at 6:00pm in front of the vacant public housing units on 46th St. and NW 25th Avenue and will feature food, music and a message of community empowerment.
Miami-Dade County has one of the highest rates of public housing vacancies in the United States, a rate which has not diminished since the federal government took over the housing agency. A symbol of this failure to provide housing during a housing crisis lies in the vacant and boarded up units of public housing on 46th St. and NW 25th Ave. The fact that there are tens of thousands of families on the housing assistance wait list while over a thousand units of public housing sit vacant is nothing short of criminal. These units should- and must- be filled immediately.
However, because local governments do not want to provide housing for low income people, the only solution to the problem of vacant public housing units is not federal or county control, but community control over the public housing stock.
We invite the entire community to come out and support the call for direct community control over housing.
Housing as a Human Right
Community Control Over Housing
Take Back the Land
a project of the Center for Pan-African Development