Why we, from many Montclair groups, support rent freeze extension (Letter to the editor)
The Montclair NAACP and the Montclair community organizations listed below request that an extension be provided on Ordinance R-21-228, in order to extend the current rent freeze moratorium for three months, until a rent control ordinance is adopted.
Without this extension there will be no protection for renters in Montclair to fend off the unprecedented number of unconscionable expected rent increases.
We urge the Township Council to vote to extend the ordinance at their next council meeting, on March 15.
Roger Terry Sr., president and William Scott, Housing Committee chairman, Montclair Branch of the NAACP; AhavaFelicidad, president, Toni Martin, first vice president, Brenda Aguiar, first secretary, Tenants Organization of Montclair Homeowners Committee; Mitch Kahn, vice president and director of organizing, New Jersey Tenants Organization; the Rev. Leslie Houseworth-Fields, senior pastor, St. Mark’s United Methodist Church; the Rev. Scott Sammler-Michael and the Rev. Anya Sammler-Michael, senior co-ministers, Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair; the Rev. Katrina Forman, associate minister, Union Congregational Church; Rabbi Marc Katz, Temple Ner Tamid; Rabbi Elliott Tepperman and Rabbi Ariann Weitzman, Bnai Keshet; Tikkun Olam Committee of Bnai Keshet; the Rev. Anita Wright, senior pastor, Trinity Presbyterian Church; Johann Foster and Teresa DeSousa, Social Justice Coalition of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation; the Rev. John Rogers, lead pastor of Spiritual Formation and Community Development at First Congregational Montclair; Montclair African American Clergy Association; the Rev. Elizabeth Campbell, pastor, Rising Mt. Zion Baptist Church; the Rev. Bernadette Glover, St. Paul Baptist Church; the Rev. Allen Shelton; the Rev. Campbell Singleton, Union Baptist Church; the Rev. Robert Coles, Petra Baptist Church; Dave Sailer, Montclair Citizens for Rent Control; Betsy Tessler, Louisa Hackett, Gillian Eigo and Keith Hefner,Montclair Homeowners Committee; Donna Ward and Frank Millspaugh, Montclair Senior Housing Action Group; Montclair Township Landlord Tenant Advisory Committee; Nadia Estela
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