To: John F. Keane
From A. Simon Mielniczuk
This month, Jose and I spent familiarizing ourselves with Riverview and the housing authority. We started meetings with tenants, Asselin and outside agency employees working in the project.
We also put out the first issue of the tenant paper, a monthly newsletter containing news items of interest to tenants.
We continued meeting tenants individually and in small groups, discussing the problems and also possibilities available with a new lease and grievance procedure.
Action on the roof was continued with a letter asking for payment of damages. Insufficient reply to the letter formed a public demonstration at the time of senator Brooks a visit. Within weeks, Asselin inspected the damage and made full payment.
We also encouraged tenants to register their opposition to SHA’s planned and collection by check or money order .
We also arranged that the SHA bookkeeper come to review that clarify rent increases sent to many tenants.
By the end of this month, Jose and I had spoken at length to 175 families and individuals. Our efforts were channeled into starting the tenants council itself.
An organizational meeting was held on May 25 to which a sizable number of tenants came. After this meeting, election procedures the setup of the council and an election date were decided by tenants.