Hasson Rashid's Weekly City Hall Public Comment: LOCAL HOMELESS SECTOR AND MOSAIC EXCLUDED FROM THE PLANNING EQUATION FOR THE VOLPE

Hasson Rashid's Weekly City Hall Public Comment: LOCAL HOMELESS SECTOR AND MOSAIC EXCLUDED FROM THE PLANNING EQUATION FOR THE VOLPE

UNDER TITLE V, HOMELESS SERVICE PROVIDERS HAVE A RIGHT OF FIRST REFUSAL TO ACQUIRE SURPLUS PROPERTY, AT NO COST

  • Posted on: 23 June 2015
  • By: HRASHID

PEACE BE UNTO YOU,
HELLO EVERYBODY, I’M HASSON RASHID, AND I RESIDE AT 820 MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE, TODAY, I’M HERE TO COMMENT ON “AWAITING REPORT LIST ITEM# 15-03,15-53; AND COMMUNICATION # ITEM#1, AND ANY OF THE OTHER ITEMS ON TODAYS AGENDA THAT I MAY HAVE MISSED ANNOUNCING.” ON JUNE 16, 2015 THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, PUBLIC BUILDINGS, AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OF THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE, HELD A HEARING ON TITLE V OF THE McKINNEY-VENTO HOMELESSNESS ACT OF 1987, TO EXAMINE IT’S SURPLUS PROPERTY PROVISION. MARIA FOSCARINIS OF THE NATIONAL LAW CENTER ON HOMELESSNESS AND POVERTY, GAVE TESTIMONY ON THE TITLE V OF THE McKINNEY –VENTO HOMELESS ASSISTANT ACT DURING THE HEARING. OTHERS ALSO GAVE TESTIMONIES CONCERNING THE ACT. YOU’LL FIND THEM ADDED AS LINKS AT THE END OF THIS WRITTEN PUBLIC COMMENT. THE HEARING WAS TITLED “SAVING TAXPAYER DOLLAR IN FEDERAL REAL ESTATE: REDUCING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S SPACE FOOTPRINT,” THE HEARING EXAMINED WAYS OF REFORMING HOW THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DISPOSES OF ITS SURPLUS PROPERTY.

WHEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT NO LONGER HAS USE FOR A PROPERTY, THE PROPERTY IS USUALLY DECLARED TO BE SURPLUS. UNDER TITLE V, HOMELESS SERVICE PROVIDERS HAVE A RIGHT OF FIRST REFUSAL TO ACQUIRE SURPLUS PROPERTY, AT NO COST BEFORE THE PROPERTY CAN BE OFFERED TO STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT, OR BE SOLD TO GENERATE REVENUE FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.

I HAVE BEEN CONTENDING HERE ALL ALONG AT THESE PUBLIC MEETING AT CITY HALL AND OTHER PLACES, THAT VOLPE CENTER ADMINISTRATION CIRCUMVENTED AND REMOVED, THE LOCAL HOMELESS SECTOR AND MOSAIC, FROM THE PLANNING EQUATION FOR THE VOLPE, IN VIOLATION OF FEDERAL MANDATES.

LET ME QUOTE WHAT MS FOSCARINIS STATED IN HER TESTIMONY, “ THE McKINNEY-VENTO ACT WAS INTENDED TO EXPAND AND COORDINATE FEDERAL RESOURCES AND PROGRAMS, TO ADDRESS THE CRITICALLY URGENT NEEDS’ OF HOMELESS AMERICANS. THE TITLE V SURPLUS FEDERAL PROPERTY PROGRAM IS CENTRAL TO THIS OVERARCHING MISSION. TITLE V IS A PROVEN VEHICLE FOR ASSISTING AMERICA’S HOMELESS WITH NO COST TO TAXPAYERS. GOING FORWARD, WE ARE COMMITTED TO PURSUING ALL AVAILABLE AVENUES TO ENSURE THAT THE FEDERAL AGENCIES, DO NOT CONTINUE TO HOARD SURPLUS PROPERTY, THAT COULD BE PUT TO BETTER USE TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF HOMELESS INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES. CONGRESS SHOULD ENSURE THAT SURPLUS PROPERTIES ARE PUT TO BETTER, MORE PRODUCTIVE USE WHILE REDUCING COSTS TO TAXPAYERS.”

I THINK THE SAME HOLDS TRUE FOR THE FOUNDRY BUILDING AND THE SULLIVAN COURT HOUSE, THERE AGAIN ARE GOOD EXAMPLES OF HOW THE HOMELESS SECTOR AND MOSAIC IS GETTING BLOCK OUT OF THEIR LEGAL RIGHTS TO BE INCLUDED. HOMELESSNESS IS AN OFFICIAL PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUE, CONFIRMED BY OUR LOCAL, STATE, AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENTS, AND OFFICIALLY OF THE HIGHEST PRIORITY IN OTHER SECTORS OF OUR SOCIETY AT LARGE. THANK YOU.

YOURS IN PEACE,
MR. HASSON J. RASHID,
CAMBRIDGE, MA 6/22/2015