In response to a request of Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens, the SSKCA “Sharing Smiles Klub” and the Sodality of the Blessed Virgin Mary of St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy, together with the St. Stan’s Parish and the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, provided for a letter-writing campaign, aimed at the State Legislature to renew and strengthen stabilized rent laws and affordable housing. This legislation was left out of the State budget, set to expire on June 15, 2011. These laws are crucial for the city’s more than 1,000,000 rent stabilized units to remain affordable.
During intermission of a production honoring the victims of 9-11 on Friday, May 20, at St. Stan’s school hall, students from the SSK and Sodality encouraged parents and patrons to sign individual letters to Gov. Cuomo, who supports the renewal of New York rent laws, so that he in turn would have people power to present to the State Legislature.
These same students stood outside St. Stanislaus Kostka Church on Sunday, May 22, after the 9:00 and 11:00 AM Masses, strongly encouraging parishioners and guests to sign individual letters in support of strengthening NY rent laws and affordable housing.
As a result of this letter-writing campaign, over 120 letters were sent to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. We congratulate St. Stan’s students for their hard work in support of NYC families that need affordable housing. This is one of many peace and justice projects sponsored by St. Stan’s Academy students.