Statement Explaining Name Change for the Corporation from
College Point Residents’ Coalition to CP Residents’ Coalition, Inc
December 31st, 2018
In October of 2018, College Point residents were made aware that the City of New York and the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) approved a 200 all-male transitional homeless shelter at 127-03 20th Avenue, College Point, NY 11356. Different groups of people from the College Point community began planning to fight this decision. Eventually, all the groups united to begin planning an initiative to reverse this decision.
On November 18th, 2018, some members of College Point’s Chinese community had a meeting near the location of the 200 all-male transitional homeless shelter which will be located at 127-03 20th Avenue, College Point, NY 11356. Four members of the College Point, NY Facebook group read about the above mentioned meeting from a post on Facebook. They reached out for information about the meeting and were invited to attend.
On November 25, 2018, the Chinese members of the College Point community decided it was best to form a not-for-profit corporation in order to prepare for the next steps, which was raising money for a lawsuit against NYC Department of Homeless Services (DHS) and the City of NY. The chosen name for this not-for-profit organization was College Point Residents’ Coalition. All paperwork for this corporation was submitted on November 28th, 2018.
On November 25, 2018 the newly formed College Point Residents’ Coalition Committee continued to organize members of the community in order to fight the Department of Homeless Services and the City of New York over the 200 all-male transitional shelter. Simultaneously, the four members of College Point, NY Facebook group along with help from We Love Whitestone civic organized a rally to protest the same above mentioned shelter for December 2nd, 2018. Also, on November 25, 2018, both groups officially united under the submitted corporation name College Point Residents’ Coalition. On December 9th, 2018, the same four members of the College Point, NY Facebook group formed another Facebook group called A Better College Point in order to keep the members of the community on Facebook informed of updates and events being planned by College Point Residents’ Coalition.
On December 2nd, 2018, at the rally, members of the College Point community wanted to donate money for fight against DHS and the City of New York to reverse the decision of the 200 all-male transitional shelter. As a collective decision, the College Point Residents’ Coalition Committee decided we would accept any donations offered at the rally. These funds would be used for the upcoming fight against DHS and the City of New York. Many generous community members wrote checks to the new corporation, College Point Residents’ Coalition, which was in the process of being finalized. We were just waiting for the EIN number. Many others donated cash. After the rally, all members of the coalition gathered together to register all donations of cash and checks.
On December 4th, 2018, the state wrote a letter denying us our corporation’s name “College Point Residents’ Coalition” because the word “College” was in the name. This letter was sent out to us using the United States Postal Service. The letter was received by our CPA on the December 10th, 2018 and a member of the committee received notification of the problem on December 13th, 2018. The state informed us that we had to file through the education department, to prove we were not a school, due to the word “College.” This would have taken a couple of months. It was decided that a new name should be created in order to save time. The new name submitted for approval was CP Residents’ Coalition. “CP” was chosen because it is a commonly used abbreviation for College Point. The new name was received and approved. We received our electronic confirmation receipt on December 24th, 2018.
Our corporation’s new name is now CP Residents’ Coalition. However, our mission has not changed and we still stand together to fight the City of New York and the NYC Department of Homeless Services. We are genuinely sorry for any confusion this may have caused.
If anyone would like to see the documents in reference to the above stated, we are more than glad to show all the information to donors and anyone interested in donating to the cause. We want the College Point community to feel secure in our decisions and we are prepared to be 100% transparent with all the documents.
This is all new to our committee and we are learning as we go. We work closely together as a committee and all our choices are decided collectively as a group. We have not wavered once from the ultimate goal which is to reverse the city’s decision to place this 200 all-male transitional homeless shelter in our community. Our Group fights for you and with you!
Please continue to support us and our community!
The Executive Committee of the
CP Residents’ Coalition