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Source: Daily News
Subject: Housing & Environmental Justice
Type: Media Coverage

EXCLUSIVE: NYC urged to mandate that housing developments on public land give 10% of apartments to homeless amid Brooklyn Armory controversy

Advocates for the homeless are calling on the city to adopt a new policy that calls for all development on public land to include a requirement that 10% of the apartments will go to the homeless.

The advocates — including Make the Road New York, VOCAL-NY, and Met Council on Housing — say the policy is necessary because of the controversial plans to develop the Bedford-Union Armory site in Brooklyn, which they believe does not have the level of affordability needed to address the city’s housing crisis.

“We are deeply concerned that the city is … giving away public land to controversial for-profit developers that refuse to build for the homeless and create real affordable housing for New Yorkers,” they wrote in a letter to Mayor de Blasio.

They are planning a protest at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Armory site to get their point across.

Carmelo Anthony drops support in Crown Heights armory deal

A City Hall spokeswoman defended the mayor’s record on homelessness and the Armory project, though declined to weigh in on the specific proposal.

“We are fighting on every front to keep struggling families in their homes, and help the most vulnerable New Yorkers back on their feet,” said Melissa Grace.

She said the Armory project “brings hundreds of affordable homes to this community with no housing subsidy.”

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