Over 250 EBC, Metro NY IAF leaders, seniors, students, NYCHA residents and pastors rallied at Redwood Senior Living this past December calling on Mayor de Blasio to end delays of the historic $500 million investment in new low-income senior housing Metro NY won this past summer. The unprecedented affordable housing investment was immediately supported by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s announcement of a special tax incentive for developers who would build 100% affordable units for seniors.
At the action a new report was released calling on the mayor to launch development of thousands of housing units for low-income senior citizens. The report, “A Home for All New Yorkers: Low-Income Senior Housing as a Model for Citywide Affordable Development,” offers a proposal in stark contrast with the mayor's NYCHA “rescue” plans, which involve 99-year leases of NYCHA land for private developers to build luxury apartments.
The leaders were joined by Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, Attorney General-elect Tish James, Council members Laurie Cumbo and Rafael Espinal, and Assembly member Latrice Walker.
Afterwards the attendees toured Redwood Senior Living and visited 6 apartments to meet the residents whose lives have been changed by the opportunity to live in a 100% affordable, clean and safe community.
Metro NY continues to push the mayor and local officials to develop a real plan with a goal of building at least 150 developments across the city; as well as repair neglected NYCHA apartment units; create affordable housing for young families; protect homeowners; and hold slumlords accountable.