Harlem woman denied affordable housing

New York /
Dec.December 15, 2010 09:40 AM

Despite
a boom in affordable housing in the city, wheelchair-bound Monique Holloway says she still
hasn’t found an apartment after months of searching, mainly because she’s been
placed on a blacklist of would-be tenants who developers reject because of an
old Housing Court case on their record. According to DNAinfo, Holloway, 42,
said she found out she was on the blacklist last summer, when she applied to
live in The Tapestry Apartments On 124th Street in East Harlem. The developer,
C&C Management, wrote her a letter saying that she had been denied because
an old Housing Court case showed up on her background check. Even after a judge
dismissed her case, she still has not been able to convince the developer to
remove her from the blacklist. “I feel like it’s
discrimination,” she said. A spokesperson for the city Department of
Housing Preservation and Development said Housing Court cases are not supposed
to be among the criteria used in developers’ selection of tenants. Earlier this
year, the City Council passed the “Tenant Fair Chance Act,” which required
landlords to provide would-be renters with the names and address of companies
they use to screen applicants. But council members acknowledged they haven’t
been able to put a stop to the practice. [DNAinfo]


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Trust-fund kids exploit NY housing subsidy program
Trust-fund kids exploit NY housing subsidy program
Trust-fund kids exploit NY housing subsidy program
At wits’ end over stalled project, “Skybox Chelsea” developer sues partner
At wits’ end over stalled project, “Skybox Chelsea” developer sues partner
At wits’ end over stalled project, “Skybox Chelsea” developer sues partner
Project Renewal CEO Eric Rosenbaum, Attorney Adam Leitman Bailey and 27 West 11th Street. (Google Maps, Facebook via Project Renewal, Bailey)
Greenwich Village site eyed for shelter has asbestos issues: lawsuit
Greenwich Village site eyed for shelter has asbestos issues: lawsuit
Housing Expert Shaun Donovan on his Bid for NYC Mayor
Shaun Donovan can do housing. Can he do politics?
Shaun Donovan can do housing. Can he do politics?
New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Mayor Bill de Blasio (Getty)
City’s housing plan suffers major blow in “painful” budget
City’s housing plan suffers major blow in “painful” budget
A rendering of The Dime at 209 Havemeyer Street in Brooklyn (Credit: Fogarty Finger)
New city rule requires luxury rental buildings to house homeless families
New city rule requires luxury rental buildings to house homeless families
(Credit: iStock)
What’s wrong with J-51? Plenty, landlord reps say
What’s wrong with J-51? Plenty, landlord reps say
Louise Carroll (Credit: Twitter)
De Blasio selects Louise Carroll as new
HPD chief
De Blasio selects Louise Carroll as new
HPD chief
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...