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THE TIMES, THEY ARE ACHANGING.  PROTESTERS SHOW UP AT CITY HALL TO PROTEST AGAINST DISTRICT 5 COMMISSIONER KEON HARDEMON
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For the first time since I’ve been writing this blog, protesters showed up at City Hall to actually protest against the comments or actions of an individual Commissioner.


This protest was organized by the Miami Worker’s Center, and was in response to comments that Hardemon made to the Miami Herald last month in a story about the terrible conditions in several buildings owned by Slumlords who the City recently sued.


Here is the Press Release that the Miami Worker’s Center sent out announcing the protest.

PROTEST TODAY AT KEON HARDEMON’S OFFICE OVER ‘SLUMLORD’ COMMENTS

SAYS IT’S A MISTAKE TO BELIEVE THAT IT’S THE CITY’S RESPONSIBILITY

 

January 16th, 2015 – Miami, FL: The Miami Workers Center will be marching on Keon Hardemon’s office today demanding to know “Where is the List?”, referring to the supposed list of affordable properties that the exploited slumlord residents of Liberty City should be choosing instead.

 “The reality is, there is no affordable rental housing in Miami.” says Gaynisha Williams, a resident of 6040 NW 12th Ave, owned and operated by landlord Abe Vaknin of Miami Beverly, LLC. “So for Keon to imply it’s our fault for choosing to be in this situation is really unfair.”

 The comments were originally made in a Miami Herald article from Sunday, Dec. 7th. When Commissioner Hardemon was asked about the city’s role in making sure the residents of the City of Miami are being protected from the exploitative practices of slumlords, he said, “Every year, they’re signing a lease to live in that same condition. It’s a mistake to believe it’s the city’s fault in handling those issues.’”

After reading that article, residents of the affected properties were in disbelief and extremely disappointed. “He’s supposed to be our representative.” says 6040 resident Wayne Carroll. “But now I’m wondering whose side he’s really on?”

Today, they’re taking action. In conjunction with the Social Justice Organization the Miami Workers Center, they are marching on his offices at City Hall to demand that the city recognize the responsibility it has to protect Miami from slumlords by making sure there are more affordable options for low-income residents.

 “No doubt the City will respond that they are already taking legal action against the slumlords.” says MWC organizer Adrian Madriz. “But that process is taking way too long, and the court has still yet to restrict the slumlord’s ability to rent out the units to new tenants. In addition, even though some residents have qualified for relocation funds from HAND and HAG, they are slow to come, and are often insufficient to make the cost of non-slumlord controlled rental units affordable for these residents.”

 The Miami Workers Center and the affected residents will be marching on Commissioner Hardemon’s office today at 9AM at 3500 Pan American Drive.

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The Miami Workers Center is a social justice 501 ©3 non-profit with offices located in Liberty City and Little River. It is currently engaged in a “House the People” campaign to fight slumlords and create affordable housing options for the residents of Liberty City and Allapattah.

 CONTACT:

Adrian Alberto Madriz

Community Organizer

Miami Workers Center

Adrian@theworkerscenter.org

Tel: 305-759-8717

Cel: 786-523-4734

UPDATE


On Friday afternoon I came home and found an email from James McQueen, the Chief of Staff for Commissioner Hardemon.


Good Afternoon,

Please find attached a list of the affordable housing developments both in the City of Miami and throughout Miami-Dade County.

If you are in need of further information, feel free to contact me.  

I thank you for your concern.

 James McQueen

Chief of Staff

Office of Commissioner Keon Hardemon

3500 Pan Ameircan Drive

Miami, FL 33133

Ph: (305) 250-5390


Here are the lists that he included as part of his email.

COUNTY LIST OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING




UPDATE
COMMISSIONER
HARDEMON PROVIDES LISTS OF
AFFORDABLE HOUSING

After posting the above lists I got a message from a reader suggesting that these list might actually have some value if they included information on current vacancies, or status for the waiting list for an apartment


Given that the Commissioner has a Commission staff, a SEOPW CRA staff, and access to interns and volunteers, you figure that maybe putting together that information would be a service that might actually benefit some of his constituents.