Thursday, January 23, 2014

In New Council, Jumaane Williams, Ritchie Torres Will Fight for Affordable Housing for Low-Income NYers

  Several top groups on the left are weighing in jointly on Jumaane and Ritchie, making it clear they want the new City Council to prioritize the preservation and expansion of permanently affordable housing for low-income New Yorkers.
Progressive Power Coalition Says Jumaane and Ritchie Will Help Increase Availability of Permanently Affordable Housing for Low-Income City Residents

    The Progressive Power Coalition, which includes several of the leading C4 advocacy organizations and community groups working to preserve and expand affordable housing for low-income New York City residents, released the following statement today:


“We applaud Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito for appointing Council Member Jumaane Williams as the Chairman of the Housing Committee and Ritchie Torres as Chairman of the Public Housing Committee. For many years, Jumaane and Ritchie have been leading advocates for affordable housing in communities of color and immigrant communities. We know they will work together to ensure that the lowest-income city residents gain greater access to permanently affordable housing. As rents continue to skyrocket and gentrification stretches deeper into the outer boroughs, city government must do everything in its power to increase the availability of permanently affordable housing for low-wage workers and their families. We are confident that Jumaane and Ritchie will be strong, principled leaders on affordable housing in their new roles, and hold real-estate developers accountable for decisions that have harmed low-income New Yorkers in recent years.”


The Progressive Power Coalition includes Make The Road Action Fund, Citizens Action NY, VOCAL NY Action Fund, Community Voices Heard Power, and New York Communities for Change.

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