Wednesday, February 11, 9:30 a.m., 22 Reade Street, Lower Manhattan, NYC
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New York, NY: As NYC reaches over 60,000 people in the homeless shelter system, advocates slam a city plan to sell prime real-estate in Brooklyn to a luxury developer for a $1. “When I heard about this plan and then saw the numbers of people, like me, trying to get out of the system and into housing, I had to come down here and condemn the giveaway to the wealthy elite and urge the city to build homes for the homeless on the land instead.” said VOCAL-NY member, Reginald Brown. The plan to sell the land was first negotiated by the Bloomberg administration and now faces mounting criticism from advocates and leaders who are waging a campaign for the homeless.
Javon McKnight, 25 year old Community Voices Heard member, said, “My family and I had just gotten out of shelter, but then DHS messed up a rental payment and we got kicked out of the apartment in the Bronx, which meant my Mom lost her job and we all got separated. Now I am in a hotel in Queens still working per diem and trying to figure out how to get housing we can afford. We lost everything and the city is giving away a lot for $1? We need real affordable housing.”
The rally included members from community organizing groups from around the City including VOCAL-NY, Community Voices Heard, CASA New Settlement Housing and Picture the Homeless.
Homeless individuals testified about the need for housing, then marched into the public hearing and submitted their testimony with $5 to outbid the developer at a 400% mark up making the case that Mayor de Blasio needs to include housing for the homeless in his affordable housing plan.