Robert Paul Kalin
February 28, 1954 - January 22, 2019
To our Community, Friends, and Neighbors
HCC mourns the sudden loss of Bob Kalin, our longtime tenant organizer, advocate, and friend. Bob was a pillar in the tenant community and the backbone of HCC. Bob joined HCC in the 70’s as a tenant organizer. Over the decades he worked with tenants in substandard buildings that were owned by slumlords. As the neighborhood changed, Bob continued to advocate for tenants as they faced adversity and harassment from landlords and developers in the wake of gentrification and displacement pressures. Bob felt strongly that housing activists cannot be advocates for others until they are first advocates for themselves. To this end he was one of the founders of the union at HCC, which was the first nonprofit community housing group in the United States to unionize. Bob has trained dozens of tenant organizers at HCC and trained advocates and tenants throughout the City for years including a highly regarded and popular training on HP Actions. In recent years Bob developed a plan of action to help elderly tenants to clean out their cluttered apartments to avoid evictions. Bob worked tirelessly and without seeking fanfare. Bob's passionate advocacy, fountain of knowledge, mentorship, wit, love of music, and presence will be deeply missed. He passed away in a remote area in the Philippines doing what he set out to do in his later years – travel, walk, meditate, and meet people.
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For over 45 years, Housing Conservation Coordinators has remained steadfastly committed to developing programs to meet the immediate and emerging needs of our most vulnerable neighbors.
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