Council members push for boost in housing for homeless

Ritchie Torres says city's 750 units won't "dent" crisis

New York /
Jun.June 19, 2014 10:15 AM

Eighteen members of the City Council yesterday sent a joint letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio urging him to set aside more than 2,500 units of public housing per year for homeless families. In its affordable housing plan, the city has allocated 750 apartments for families leaving homeless shelters.

Council member Ritchie Torres, of the Bronx, called the current number “too timid.”

“The mayor is failing to set aside enough units to leave a dent in the crisis,” Torres said.

A spokesperson for the mayor told the New York Daily News the decision was part of a much broader plan to tackle the homelessness issue in the city.

In April, the city opted to kick out roughly 200 homeless New Yorkers from a two-building emergency shelter on the Upper West Side, freeing up at least 100 affordable housing units slated for low-income residents, as previously reported. [NYDN]Mark Maurer


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
A rendering of 165 Broome Street (Credit: Handel Architects)
Nonprofit plans affordable housing development near Essex Crossing
Nonprofit plans affordable housing development near Essex Crossing
All Falls Down: Kanye West’s “Star Wars”-themed affordable housing plan hits snag
All Falls Down: Kanye West’s “Star Wars”-themed affordable housing plan hits snag
All Falls Down: Kanye West’s “Star Wars”-themed affordable housing plan hits snag
Almanac Realty Investors managing director Matthew Kaplan (Almanac Realty; iStock)
Workforce housing investor gets $320M boost
Workforce housing investor gets $320M boost
Kirk Goodrich, president of Monadnock Development, is opposed to the bill sponsored by Bran Lander. (Getty, Monadnock Development)
Council bill favoring nonprofits for affordable housing will hurt minority-led firms: developers
Council bill favoring nonprofits for affordable housing will hurt minority-led firms: developers
Ray McGuire photographed by Axel Dupeux.
The Closing: Ray McGuire
The Closing: Ray McGuire
Belveron Partners founder Paul Odland with 2000 Valentine Avenue (left) and 1985 Webster Avenue in the Bronx (Photos via Google Maps; Twitter)
Belveron Partners closes $280M fund for affordable housing
Belveron Partners closes $280M fund for affordable housing
City Council members Brad Lander (right) and Robert Cornegy
Lander seeks to keep for-profit developers from acquiring city-owned land
Lander seeks to keep for-profit developers from acquiring city-owned land
Cea Weaver and Public Advocate Jumaane Williams (Getty; Weaver via Elijah Stevens)
“Cancel rent” housing activist tapped for City Planning Commission
“Cancel rent” housing activist tapped for City Planning Commission
arrow_forward_ios

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

Loading...