Prevent Displacement of Brownsville Residents

Pictured Above: Guitars Over Guns Mentor Leo DaVincci with students of Brownsville Middle School. To date, six Guitars over Guns mentees have been forced to leave the program and their school after being displaced from their Brownsville homes by Miami-Dade County.

We are raising funds for the residents of the Annie Coleman 14 Public Housing project located in the historically Black community of Brownsville (home of the Hampton House). Last fall, residents were told that they would have to move due to health and safety reasons without warning. Their housing and other public housing throughout Brownsville has been marked for redevelopment and control by private developers – using government money. Not only were these claims of emergency found to be baseless, relocation assistance offered left much to be desired and left them vulnerable to homelessness. The residents were facing permanent displacement from their own community as they were offered no right to return to the redeveloped housing or to Brownsville, itself.

The public housing residents organized for the first time! The Annie Coleman 14 Resident Council spent all fall fighting for their members’ right to come back to their own community and receive the housing supports they need in the meantime. They pushed for a relocation agreement with the county, but still have no assurance that the new housing will be designed for families so they can come back. They have no assurance that the private housing and economic redevelopment, funded by the government, will benefit, not gentrify, Brownsville. They have no confidence that the County will recognize residents as the leading voice in their community rather than those of outside forces. They fear that the cultural fabric of the historic Brownsville community is slated for destruction, not preservation and enhancement.

The Annie Coleman 14 Resident Council continues to fight to make sure residents do not become lost in the shuffle of relocation and that the Brownsville community leads, not falls victim to, the redevelopment of Brownsville.

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Diego Melgar 
Miami, FL
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