Hundreds of tenant activists and people struggling to make their rents rallied at City Hall on Thursday morning to kick off a campaign to help push Mayor de Blasio’s affordable housing agenda.
The “Real Affordability For All” launch includes leading progressive groups like Make the Road New York and New York Communities for Change, and is billing itself as the “largest affordable housing campaign in the city.”
Its main goal is to push for 200,000 units of affordable housing, which de Blasio promised during his campaign.
One of those who attended was Fidelina Mueses, a single mother who shares a Bushwick one-bedroom with three of her children. The family of four sleeps on two full beds in one bedroom. The rent is $822 a month.
“It’s really hard,” said Mueses, whose kids range from 15 to 24 years old.
“We need affordable housing [in New York City] … The money that I make is not enough. On top of that, my kids are in school and I’m trying to pay for their education. Sometimes I don’t even know how I’m going to put food on the table.”
Real Affordability For All also released a report that called on de Blasio to tie future housing subsidies to housing that would serve the lowest income families, who are most vulnerable to ending up homeless. The report said that 700,000 low-income New Yorkers were short-changed out of affordable housing during Mayor Bloomberg’s 12 years in office.
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