Updated on 5/18/2015 at 1:35pm
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Friday, May 15th, 2015. New York City – Yesterday, Thursday, May 14th, hundreds of people gathered at Foley Square Park in Manhattan to demand stronger rent laws and affordable housing for New Yorkers. After the rally, they marched across the Brooklyn Bridge to Cadman plaza in Brooklyn.
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New York Communities for Change said on Facebook :”Landlords and developers are taking our neighborhoods away from us.
The affordable housing crisis and gentrification have brought millions of New Yorkers to a breaking point.
If we don’t win stronger rent laws in June, our city will be lost.
This is our last chance to hold onto the place we call home.”
On May 5, 2015, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio called for “stronger rent laws that will stem the loss of affordable apartments to deregulation. More than 35,000 affordable apartments have left rent regulation since it was last extended in 2011, putting enormous pressure on working families and pushing longtime tenants out of fast-gentrifying neighborhoods. Mayor de Blasio called for a slate of reforms to protect rent-stabilized apartments, including ending vacancy decontrol, eliminating the vacancy bonus and making improvement surcharges temporary.”
“In New York, there are one million homes that are rent regulated, making it easier for working families and seniors to pay rent,” said Jonathan Westin, Executive Director of New York Communities for Change. “Saving these homes and keeping them affordable is a civil rights Issue! More than 60 percent of NY families in rent-stabilized apartments are Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic or Asian. We stand with Mayor de Blasio on his call for stronger rent laws.”
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