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Spring Creek Towers rejecting tenants in rent program: lawsuit

Largest federally subsidized US housing complex accused of violating city's Human Rights Law

September 02, 2015 01:50PM

Spring Creek Tower

Spring Creek Towers in East New York

The Spring Creek Towers subsidized housing complex in East New York is rejecting potential tenants using rent vouchers from Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Living in Communities Rental Assistance (LINC) program, a new lawsuit alleges.

Regina Alston and Sandra Vaughn-Cooke are claiming Spring Creek property managers discriminated against them by their source of income, in violation of New York’s Human Rights Law, when they applied for apartments in the complex. The Fair Housing Justice Center is joining them as a third plaintiff.

Spring Creek Towers, formerly Starrett City, is owned by Starrett City and managed by Grenadier Realty. The complex, the largest federally subsidized housing site in the U.S., consists of 46 buildings containing 5,881 apartments, DNAinfo reported.

The de Blasio Administration’s LINC program, which began operating last September, grants rent subsides to residents of the city’s homeless shelters, allowing them to move into apartments. [DNAinfo]Ariel Stulberg