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February 22, 2013
In 2003, several North Brooklyn congregations joined forces to address diminishing affordable housing stock in the community. Ten years later, that coalition, Churches United For Fair Housing (CUFFH) is still pursuing that mission, as well as an expanded focus that includes open space, education, health and economic development. Along the way, they have successfully advocated for the creation of thousands of units of affordable housing and have become leaders in the effort to hold the City to commitments it made during 2005’s rezoning.
On Wednesday, February 20th, CUFFH marked a decade of community activism at their annual awards dinner. Elected officials, community leaders, real estate developers and supporters toasted the organization’s success and honored Miriam Buhl, Pro Bono Counsel at Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP, Director of Cornell University New York City Urban Semester Sam Beck and Randolph Peers, Executive Director of Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow (OBT), for their contributions to the community. The event, which also serves as the organization’s largest fundraiser of the year, was once again held at Kent Avenue’s Giando’s on the Water with its expansive views of the neighborhood on whose behalfCUFFH fights.