Rick has been advocating for housing justice for the past 20 years
Rick Echevarría’s expeirence
I began my career in community service with East Brooklyn Congregations (“EBC”) and with Make The Road By Walking, when it was just a start-up. EBC is a chapter of the Industrial Areas Foundation, which was founded by Saul Alinsky.
In 2003, I founded the Bushwick Housing Independence Project, a tenants’ organizing and eviction prevention initiative that organized over 100 multifamily buildings in Bushwick and won the creation of a Community Land Trust in Bushwick comprised of 16 multi-family buildings. In 2005, my work with the Bushwick Housing Independence Project was noted in a report published by the New York Daily News.
I then became a senior manager at CHANGER, Inc., the only citywide organization that organized homeowners that were victims of subprime lenders. After the financial crisis, I began working on a community organizing project in Brazil’s largest urban slum in Rio de Janeiro, where I helped to launch a public health outreach program.
My work to advocate for and to seek housing justice has earned media mentions. In 2004, the news Web site City Limits quoted my remarks about a landlord, who was accused of being a slumlord. My advocacy work inspired me to work for City Government, so I could be an agent of change from the inside.
I then accepted a management position at the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (“HPD”) as the citywide Director of the Tenant Interim Lease Program, a program that was created to provide low-income city residents with an opportunity for homeownership through cooperative ownership. My employment with HPD ended in a whistleblower case that was recently settled.
I am running for City Council to provide the bold leadership to lead the city in a new direction. I hope you will support me.