Advocates call for senior housing, NYCHA repairs at City Hall rally

A coalition of activists is calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio to build 15,000 affordable housing units for the city’s senior citizens.

A rally, organized by Metro Industrial Areas Foundation, began at noon in City Hall Park. The coalition, which includes East Brooklyn Congregations and South Bronx Churches, is also calling for repairs to NYCHA developments.

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn/Queens) said de Blasio should embrace Metro IAF’s demands. “We must do everything possible to make sure that longtime New York City residents can remain in the communities they love,” he said in a statement.

The de Blasio administration shares "the same mission" as Metro IAF, said Melissa Grace, a spokeswoman for the mayor's office.

“The Mayor and agency commissioners have met with Metro IAF and made clear our interest in collaborating,” she said in a statement. “When they’ve put forward concrete projects in the past—like the latest phase of affordable homes at Spring Creek—we’ve worked together to get it done.”

Along with members of Metro IAF, speakers at the rally included Public Advocate Letitia James and City Comptroller Scott Stringer.


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