De Blasio backers to rally for more affordable housing

Group called Real Affordability for All protesting lack of units for lower-income residents

From left: Jonathan Westin and developer Martin Dunn
From left: Jonathan Westin and developer Martin Dunn

Real Affordability for All, a coalition of 50 tenants groups and Mayor Bill de Blasio supporters, intends to rally outside City Hall today in an effort to push for more affordable housing.

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The report that will be distributed at the rally shows a substantial gap in the number of units targeting families of four that generate less than $41,000 a year in income. It claims that former Mayor Bloomberg’s policies failed to aid 700,000 residents in households in that lower income bracket. De Blasio’s goal is to build or preserve 200,000 units of low-cost housing under a proposal due in less than two months.

“One of the things that we’ve been pushing the administration on is that this isn’t a drive toward a number, This Is A Drive toward affordability,” Jonathan Westin of New York Communities For Change Told The Wall Street Journal. [WSJ]Mark Maurer