CVH’s public housing campaign has been fighting to save and improve public housing in New York City since 2006. The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) operates 343 developments of public housing throughout the five boroughs and is home to 5.1% of the city’s population. However, public housing is in a state of financial crisis. NYCHA has been operating with a deficit, leading to deteriorating conditions and cutbacks in services for residents. Further, NYCHA is attempting to balance its budget on the backs of its residents through rent and fee increases and further cuts in services. CVH’s public housing campaign has been focusing on securing funds from our elected officials at all levels- city, state and federal- to ensure the stability of NYCHA for its low to moderate income residents.
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BY DANIEL FITZSIMMONS
PUBLISHED OCT 27, 2015 AT 11:00 AM (UPDATED OCT 29, 2015) - Straus Media
Public housing residents marched five blocks south to Gracie Mansion last week with a message for Mayor Bill de Blasio: hands off our land.
The residents were protesting a recently unveiled plan to build a mixture of affordable and market rate housing on playground space at Holmes Towers on East 93rd Street and First Avenue, where they live.
More than 100 angry public housing tenants marched Tuesday on Gracie Mansion, shouting protest slogans as well-heeled contributors pulled up in limousines to attend Mayor de Blasio’s gala fund-raising dinner for what he calls “the People’s House.”
The tenants marched eight blocks south from Holmes Towers, where NYCHA plans to put up 400 apartments on what it calls an “underutilized” playground. Half the units will be affordable, but half will be offered at market rate — far more than NYCHA tenants could afford.