Mitchell-Lama Residents Back Bill de Blasio’s Affordable Housing Plan

Mayor Bill de Blasio (Photo: Andrew Burton/For Getty Images) .
Mayor Bill de Blasio (Photo: Andrew Burton/For Getty Images) .

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s controversial plan to re-zone New York City in pursuit of affordable housing is getting some support from beneficiaries of the city’s last big affordable building boom: residents of developments built through the Mitchell-Lama program.

In letters to the New York City Council, resident leaders for Mitchell-Lama developments cited the importance—and strong demand for—affordable housing in the city.

“As members of various Mitchell-Lama Co-ops, we have experienced first-hand the positive impact affordable housing provides to individuals and working families,” reads a letter signed by the Mitchell-Lama Partnership, on behalf of eight developments across the city. “This is evidenced by all New Yorkers currently living in affordable housing across the City, and only dreamt about by THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF hopeful applicants currently on waiting lists.”

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