Reject Timbale Terrace and HPD’s plan to move even more people with severe mental illness and addiction into our community.
Just look at 125th Street. Does Harlem need New York City to bring more people with severe issues into our community? We asked for supportive housing for our seniors during the East Harlem visioning process. HPD has done a bait-and-switch, rejecting the community’s strong voice to allocate space in Timbale Terrace for our seniors.
Sign the petition to help East Harlem residents urge New York City government to stop placing excessive social services in East Harlem. We are victims of NIMBYs and our neighborhood should not be used as NYC’s containment zone.
The latest project is Timbale Terrace, which will build 230 units of affordable housing. To finance the affordable housing, Timbale Terrace will also bring 99 supportive housing for single adults diagnosed with serious mental health and/or addiction issues from outside of Harlem via the 1515 program. Join lawmakers such as Robert Rodriguez and Inez Dickens to urge the government to find alternative ways to fund affordable housing as to add more to East Harlem only perpetuates structural racism.
OUR CONCERNS WITH TIMBALE TERRACE ARE 3 FOLDS
- Ignored demands from East Harlem residents, who were extensively surveyed and their desire for supportive housing are for Harlem seniors, homeless households, local artists and those living with HIV. Note also that only 30% of the 330 housing units will be reserved for local residents. (read more–>)
- Ignored demands from Community Board 11, which issued a resolution to request the government to stop adding more social services to address addiction in East Harlem. (read more–>)
- Failed to hold Lantern Organization accountable. This organization that already operates two supportive housings next to this location has not been able to provide good quality housing service and social services to their tenants. Why would NYC government want to award them with an even bigger contract? (see all the complaints here–>)
WHY EAST HARLEM DOES NOT NEED ANOTHER ONE?
The 99 units of supportive housing will not be for East Harlem residents as there are no local preference. Here is the description of the population from the government’s website: “Chronically homeless single adults with a serious mental illness (SMI), a substance use disorder (SUD) (including those who are actively using or have started their recovery process within the last 12 months), or those who may have a co-occurring SMI and SUD.”
- Within 5 blocks from this site are 10+ adult-only supportive housing and adult only shelters
- Within 10 blocks from this site are 4 out of 32 needle exchanges in NYC
- Zip code 10035 has 0.2% of New York State’s population, but has 5.6% of all New York State’s capacities for SRO (Single Residential Occupancy Units) managed by Department of Mental Health and has 11% of New York City’s drug treatment program capacities
If You’ve Ever Wondered Why…?
If you’ve ever wondered why there seems to be more… crazy on the streets of Harlem compared with other neighborhoods, the answer is simple: They built it to be this way:
Please sign the Timbale Terrace petition here:
to demand more supportive housing for seniors.
And, please sign up and attend the CB11 Land Use meeting TONIGHT, to tell the Land Use Committee why sending more people with severe mental illness and addiction issues from other New York neighborhoods to Harlem is simply too much.
Concert in The Harlem Rose Garden
Please join the Harlem Rose Garden in a very special event on Saturday in our garden:
Saturday, September 16, 2pm-3:30pm
Harlem Rose Garden
6 E. 129th St
NY NY 10035
Kathryn FarmerAcclaimed Jazz and R&B vocalist Kathryn Farmer is a musician’s musician with a 4 1/2 octave range and an electrifying stage presence. Also a pianist, organist, arranger and bandleader, her gifted vocals have captivated audiences in over 16 countries headlining in venues from Tokyo, Seoul, and Taipei to Budapest, Berlin, Casablanca, and Moscow. In addition to performing with many musical greats–among them Tito Puente, David “Fathead” Newman, Walter Bishop, Jr, Lester Bowie, and James Carter–she has been tapped for legacy roles such as Brooks Benton’s duet partner (in Dinah Washington’s former role) and the Doug Carn Black Jazz Legacy Band. Recent years have found her in 5-star hotel performances in Tokyo, Hanoi, and Seoul, as well as in NYC venues such as Swing 46.
Presented by the Jazz Foundation of America, supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and by the Howard Gilman Foundation.
Rain Date: September 30