MALONEY SPEAKS ON KEY VICTORIES AT PUBLIC HOUSING FORUM
Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan,Queens) discussed two key housing victories last night with seniors and community members at the Goddard-Riverside Community Center. Maloney announced details of the strengthened Housing and Urban Development (HUD) budget and recent agreements with the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) on the formation of their five-year plan. The following are excerpts from her speech:
"The HUD Budget for 2000 represents a major victory for Democratic priorities. The $26 billion budget is an increase of $1.5 billion over the previous year. It includes,
. $347 million for 60,000 new Section 8 vouchers -- up from 50,000 the previous year, and the largest expansion of affordable housing in seven years,
. an increase of $45 million to HUD's homeless assistance and prevention programs -- bringing the total to over $1 billion,
. a $7 million increase in the Housing for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) program,
. $4.8 billion for the Community Development Block Grant program that provides local communities with resources for local community development priorities,
. $44 million for Fair Housing initiatives that will be used in support of HUD's nationwide audit of housing discrimination, and much more.
The Administration's 2001 budget is due in early February and the battle for public housing resources will begin again. I promise you that I will be at the forefront of that fight."
"At the NYCHA hearing in September, I urged that the Authority maintain ceiling rents, revise their de-concentration plan in order to protect low-income families, and increase public participation in creating the Authority's five-year plan. In November, I also helped to organize a high level meeting with HUD officials in Washington along with Councilwomen Margarita Lopez and Kathryn Freed so that New Yorkers' concerns with NYCHA would be heard.
"I am happy to report that NYCHA has agreed to expand community input next year and to better publicize next year's planning process. They have also agreed to preserve ceiling rents and to eliminate their proposal to offer an additional bedroom to middle-income families as an incentive to move to the poorest developments. These are important victories and I will continue to advocate for NYCHA and public housing residents in coming months."
The event on public housing was sponsored by the Community Free Democrats and Democratic District Leaders Anna Lewis and Larry Hirsch. Dushaw Hockett of the NYCHA Residents Alliance and Vic Bach of the Community Service Society also supported the event. Assemblymen Ed Sullivan and Scott Stringer spoke about public housing legislation pending before the State Assembly.