To: Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio
New York City is struggling with a housing affordability crisis that has a very real impact on everyday people. As rents continue to soar and incomes remain stagnant, hardworking families across New York are being pushed out of their homes and onto the streets. Families are being priced out of the city.
Laws passed by the city and the state have tried to address this serious issue by giving real estate developers valuable incentives to support affordable housing and diverse communities. Unfortunately, these laws have been exploited by developers, leaving thousands of low-income individuals as victims of discrimination and segregation.
For example, an NYC real estate developer was recently allowed to require its rent-regulated residents to enter its luxury building through a separate “poor door.” Other developers have limited access to onsite amenities such as the laundry, gyms, playrooms and more. So in other words, taxpayer money is being used to subsidize segregationist housing policies. All while wealthy developers continue to benefit from loopholes in the law to increase their profits. This is unacceptable, and we must put a stop to housing discrimination now.
As elected officials, we refuse to stand for blatant segregation in our neighborhoods and elsewhere. That’s why we have been fighting to put an end to affordable housing discrimination. We’re asking you to sign this petition if you oppose such policies and want to reform the incentive system in New York.
These laws, zoning codes and tax incentives are invariably establishing affordable housing residents as second-class in their own homes and communities. New York is known worldwide as a bastion of diversity, and is no place for this kind of discrimination. Let’s show the world that we deserve to maintain that reputation.
The need for affordable housing has never been more critical, but we can find better solutions that do not treat our citizens unfairly. If you agree, please sign this petition and urge your Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio to put an end to a terrible practice!
Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal
New York City Council Member Jumaane D. Williams
End affordable housing discrimination and “poor door” policies.
Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal and City Council Member Jumaane D. Williams started this petition with a single signature, and now has 7,352 supporters. Start a petition today to change something you care about.