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Jeff Mann L – R CM Diana Reyna, Sam Beck, Miriam Buhl, Daisy Lopez, Chair of CUFFH Board, Randy Peers, Evelyn Cruz and Antonio Reynoso Jeff Mann

CUFFH to Celebrate Eleven Years with Fundraising Gala

A long-serving affordable housing non-profit is set to celebrate its 11th anniversary early next week.

Churches United For Fair Housing (CUFFH) will host its 11th anniversary fundraising gala next Tuesday at the historic Williamsburg Savings Bank on Broadway, hoping to raise $75,000 from its efforts.

“This year, our organization experienced strong and positive revitalization as we expanded upon our mission,” said Rob Solano, Executive Director at CUFFH. “Our greatest accomplishments have always stemmed from our ability to effectively advocate for affordable housing. Our expansion includes serving as advocates for sustainable living communities that provide health, education, open space, youth and economic development.”

The organization was established in 2003 by local churches concerned with the growing affordable housing crisis in the neighborhood. Primarily, the group was advocating for the creation of new affordable units within the large-scale development taking place in the neighborhood.

One of the biggest victories for the group came with the Williamsburg-Greenpoint waterfront re-zoning plan in 2005. The group was instrumental in ensuring that 30 percent of the units built in such development projects be affordable units.

In 2008, the group received a setback when its Executive Director at the time, Jim O’Shea, was allegedly asked to step down by the Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese because he did not support the re-zoning of Broadway Triangle.

The group quickly recovered the following year with supporting members of the group taking on leadership roles and continuing the organization’s mission of promoting affordable housing rights.

Tuesday’s fundraising gala will also serve as an awards ceremony honoring local organizers and members of the community who have had a significant impact on the neighborhood.

Sponsorship opportunities for the event range from $500 which gets sponsors a business card ad in the group’s anniversary journal and goes up to $25,000, a platinum sponsorship that ensures sponsors a back cover ad in the same journal as well as a number of perks for future events organized by CUFFH. Tickets for the event are priced at $250 a person.

Fundraising activities are already under full swing. Last week City Councilmember Antonio Reynoso and Deputy Borough President Diana Reyna made phone calls from the organization’s headquarters on Whipple Street in order to raise money for the organization.

“I’ve had the continued privilege of collaborating with Churches United For Fair Housing (CUFFH),” said Reyna. “They’re a stabilizing force to thousands of residents in North Brooklyn who have come to depend on their vital services. From advocating for preserving and developing more affordable housing by challenging management teams and elected officials to empowering youth and developing leaders I extend my and the Borough President’s congratulations to them on another successful year.”

CUFFH’s 11th Anniversary Gala, Williamsburg Savings Bank, 175 Broadway, Tuesday, April 29, 6 p.m. – meet and greet, 7 p.m. – dinner and awards ceremony, for more information on the event and to purchase tickets visit http://cuffh.tumblr.com/donate.

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