|SF NON PROFIT NEEDS REFORMING (Inovative Housing) (FWD)||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Fred H Olson WB0YQM (fholsonmaroon.tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Sun, 13 Nov 94 11:03 CST|
The message below was sent to Cohousing-L by ATWORK [at] IGC.APC.ORG but was rejected because it came from a non subscriber. detta [at] sfsu.edu is given as the contact email address. There are other names and contacts in the text. Tho the message is not related to cohousing per se, I decided to post it because it relates to cooperative housing, the historic connection of Inovative Housing to cohousing, and the relative lack of housing related forums on the net. Fred Cohousing-L sysop ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- /* Written 8:35 AM Nov 13, 1994 by atwork in igc:jus.homeless */ /* ---------- "SF NON PROFIT NEEDS REFORMING" ---------- */ Please distribute this on the internet to whoever may be interested. DO NOT reply to this message, it is on a borrowed account, reply instead to: detta [at] sfsu.edu thank you for your attention November 12, 1994 Dear Friends in the Housing Community, We are writing you so that you may be aware of the formation of The Ad Hoc Committee to Reform Innovative Housing (IH). IH is a Marin based non profit that rents rooms in flats to low income residents and promotes cooperative living, especially for single parents. All the Committee members so far are tenants, or former tenants of IH, including several single parents. Our organization has a list of legitimate and relevant complaints that show an ongoing pattern of mismanagement at Innovative Housing, and we are in a position to substantiate this in a professional, concise and coherent manner, and show clear documentation to back up our claims. These complaints are quite serious, they apparently include unlawful evictions, vacancy charges, management fees, mistreatment of tenants and prospective tenants and not providing services that are supposedly part and parcel of IH's mission. There are questions about how the grant monies that IH receives actually benefit the intended recipients.. Unfortunately most tenants rights groups are already all to well aware of the problems at IH, as are the courts. We are supporters of, and participants in, the shared living experiment and are also bringing forward constructive proposals to correct the situation. Those solutions include making space for a tenants association with voice and vote on the board, creating an independent grievance procedure, and working to make better use of the resources available to help the IH tenants and our children. All eviction and mistreatment of tenants should stop now! We have asked to attend the next IH board meeting on November 22nd to express our concerns and ask the board to fix the problems without delay, please ask the IH board to put us on the agenda. Please be aware of our problems, and support well managed community living. Our group will need your advice and support. You may write us at: Ad Hoc Committee to Reform Innovative Housing, 740-A 14th St, Box 179, SF, CA 94114, or leave a phone message at 626-5565. The Committee November 12, 1994 Cynthia D. Burnett Executive Director, Innovative Housing, 2169 E. Francisco Blvd. Ste E, San Rafael, CA, 94901 Dear Ms Burnett, The purpose of this letter is to request that representatives of our group, The Ad Hoc Committee to Reform Innovative Housing, be invited to open a dialog around our concerns with the Innovative Housing Board at the next board meeting, which, according to our information, will be held in the afternoon of November 22nd, 1994 in San Rafael, California. Our organization does not feel that the current management of Innovative Housing is fulfilling its mission well. We also have a list of valid and relevant complaints that show an ongoing pattern of mismanagement, and are in a position to substantiate this in a professional, concise and coherent manner. We are supporters of, and participants in, the shared living experiment and will also bring to the board our constructive proposals to correct the situation. In your Nov 8th letter to Lynne Beeson of the Mayor's office of Community Development, you stated on page two, heading two that after trying to resolve problems with lower ranking directors "tenants may elect to take their concerns to the Board of Directors, a process which is facilitated by the Executive Director." We are asking you to facilitate that process now. We have already failed to come to an understanding with either Amy Cooper, or her predecessor, Janis Falco and have been bringing complaints to the San Francisco office for over a year. We have also been trying to work out compromise solutions to specific problems with Betty Perez and Debbie Greif of the San Rafael office with poor success, it is now time to speak directly to the board. Would you please leave a message on my telephone answering machine indicating your response to this letter. (626-5565) You may also write us officially at: Ad Hoc Committee to Reform Innovative Housing, 740-A 14th St, Box 179, SF, CA 94114. Respectfully yours, Donald Macleay, Coordinator, Ad Hoc Committee to Reform Innovative Housing Jim Faye -- Fred H. Olson fholson [at] uci.com (612)588-9532 Amateur radio: WB0YQM 1221 Russell Av N, Mpls, MN 55411 Sysop of COHOUSING-L listserv * * * NEWS FLASH * * * * * * NEWS FLASH * * * * * * NEWS FLASH * * * National Public Radio in depth report on Cohousing to air on: Sunday Nov 13th on All Things Considered (about 4 pm most places)
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