Contact: Anne Lessy 917-685-6812
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HUD Tenants tell the city,

“Not one more home lost”

In the 1970s and 1980s, developers in New York City constructed 90,000 affordable apartments through Federal subsidy programs, including building-based Section 8. But many of the contracts that provide this critical source of affordable housing are expiring, with landlords turning these buildings into market rate investments-causing even more displacement. For example, in Central Brooklyn alone, nearly 7,000 affordable homes are at risk.

“These homes are essential to keeping truly affordable housing across New York City and prevent the displacement of long-time residents,” said Anne Lessy, Director of Community Organizing at Pratt Area Community Council. “With a real commitment from the City and HUD, we can protect our neighborhoods and keep this vital affordable housing.”

Mirva Michelle is a tenant leader of Plaza Apartments, a Section 8 complex in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, whose contract expires in May. "I've lived here since I was a little girl,” explained Ms. Michelle. “We were there when no one else wanted to be there. Now that the neighborhood is up and coming, the new landlord wants us out. But together we can keep affordable housing and save our homes. We shouldn’t have to pack up our lives with no place to go."


WHEN: Sunday, March 19th 3:00pm

WHERE: McCaffrey Park at 43rd St. and 9th Ave
½ block from the A,C,E,1,2,3,7, N, R, or W trains to 42nd Street.

WHO: Sponsored by the Save Our Homes Coalition, which includes nearly twenty grassroots housing organizations and community developers through New York City.


201 Dekalb Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205
tel: 718.522.2613