Click on the Image to Watch this Video of Councilmember Dr Mathieu Eugene at a Rally, on Wednesday, May 23, 2007 in Manhattan, New York City, to Preserve Affordable Housing.
Thousands of people demonstrated against "Mass Eviction", that has driven thousands of tenants out of their apartments. It's a trend that has spread in all five boroughs in New York City and beyond.
New York is facing an affordable housing crisis. Last year alone, rental prices increased by a record 8.3% while over 40% of renters in the City spent more than a third of their income on rent. We must act now to ensure that low- and middle- income families can continue to afford to live in our City.
The City Council has continued to work to protect existing affordable housing and encourage the creation of more affordable units. This year, we:
Changed the 421-a tax-benefit program to make it a more effective tool for creating new affordable housing; Passed laws requiring Mitchell-Lama rentals and co-ops who use the J-51 tax breaks to make building repairs to remain in the Mitchell-Lama program for fifteen years, which will preserve long-term affordability;
Will soon pass the Safe Housing Act, which will ensure that New York City rent-stabilized apartments are kept in livable condition;
Are preparing landmark legislation that will protect tenants against harassment; and
Have proposed a $300 Renter’s Tax Credit that would benefit 1.1 million working families.
Despite these efforts, in order to truly protect affordable housing we need the State government in Albany to act.
On Wednesday, May 23, 2007, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., a coalition of tenants, union members and advocates will form a human chain around Stuyvesant Town in order to send a message to Albany that N
ew York Is Our Home! We invite you to join us as we call on Albany to protect affordable housing for poor and working-class New Yorkers. The rally will take place on 1st Avenue between 14th and 23rd Streets in Manhattan.
Additionally, we urge you to attend the one of the following Rent Guidelines Board public hearings:
Tuesday, June 12th, 2007 from 10:00AM-6:00PM at The Great Hall at Cooper Union, 7 East 7th Street on corner of 3rd Ave. (Basement), New York, NY 10003
Tuesday, June 19th, 2007 from 4:00PM-10:00PM, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, 31-10 Thomson Avenue (Use entrance on Van Dam St., just north of 47 Ave.), Long Island City, NY 11101
The Rent Guidelines Board voted last week to approve a rent increase between 2% and 4.5% for one-year leases, and between 4% and 7.5% for two-year leases. This public hearing is your opportunity to speak to the members of the Rent Guidelines Board and to let them know that if rents continue to go up, then working families will be completely forced out of the City.
We hope you will join us at the May 23rd rally and at the Rent Guidelines Board meetings.
If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the Council's efforts to increase New Yorkers access to quality affordable housing, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Christine C. Quinn Speaker
Eric Martin Dilan Chair, Committee on Housing and Buildings
Daniel Garodnick Council Member
Rosie Mendez Chair, Subcommittee on Public Housing
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