Resident Council of Allen Parkway Village

P.O. Box 21371 -- Houston, Texas 77226 Phone: 713/228-2109 -- Fax: 713/229-8580 Lenwood Johnson, President,

Reasons For The Proposed Action At Allen Parkway Village

The Resident Council of Allen Parkway Village is asking our traditional supporters to join us in keeping low-income housing for needy low-income families in Allen Parkway Village. If we do not keep this housing for the low-income families and individuals of Houston, then the 20-year efforts by many people to preserve the 1000 units of low-income housing will have been all for nothing. That is why we are asking you to join us in this proposed Action March 24, 2001, at 12:00 noon. 1. Two-thirds (2/3) of 333 family units at Allen Parkway Village (APV) are being illegally reserved for households making from $17,000 to $47,000 a year. The other 167 units are for senior citizens only, who are usually on fixed incomes. Taxpayers should NOT be subsidizing persons of such high incomes. 2. The Housing Authority of the City of Houston (HACH) is using credit checks to deny entry to low-income families; 3. Requiring families to get gas and electricity in their own names, which requires extra deposits and which, if utitilities are cut off for failure to pay a bill, is legal grounds to evict families who do not have enough money to keep the escalating-priced utilities on; 4. Evicting families on the grounds that their files were not completed with all necessary documentation by previous manager; 5. Refusing to let the Resident Council of Allen Parkway Village (RCAPV) use the Community Building for the monthly residents' meetings; 6. Having maintenance staff illegally remove the Resident Council notices from residents' doors to keep the tenants' association from informing residents of their rights; 7. Making illegal attempts to install a new RCAPV in order to have leadership that they can control; including an unlawful election scheduled for Monday, March 26, 2001, at 6:00 p.m., illegally in conflict with the current RCAPV; 8. Telling persons who are attempting to visit family and friends that they cannot come onto the APV property unless they live there, threatening them with arrest; 9. Allowing management to go around, opening doors of residents' apartments with their master keys and letting police into apartments, in what appears to be warrantless searches; and 10. Arresting and giving tickets to residents if the manager claims that the persons verbally abused them.

This action will take place on March 24 at 12:00 noon,
at 1600 Allen Parkway on the feeder road
in front of the management's office.

Note: We would appreciate your help in organizing this action,
and reporting these abuses to the media and governing agencies.
Call Lenwood Johnson at 713/228-2109 or email:

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Thank you for defending the rights of low-income citizens
"peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

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