NYT Editorial: Mayor de Blasio, Keep Your Promise on Senior Housing

Affordable Housing, Senior Housing, Mayor de Blasio

NYT Editorial: Mayor de Blasio, Keep Your Promise on Senior Housing

Thursday, May 9, 2019
New York Times

"Last June, Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council speaker, Corey Johnson, stood before scores of older New Yorkers outside City Hall to celebrate the news that this year’s capital budget would include $500 million to build new housing for low-income seniors.

Yet, nearly a year later, it turns out that the money wasn’t in the budget, the plan wasn’t new and the senior housing envisioned hasn’t been built or financed....

Tawana Myers, a community activist from Brooklyn who lobbied the mayor for senior housing for years with the Metro Industrial Areas Foundation, said the city should simply honor its promise.

'We fought for this money,' she told The Times, recalling years of rallies. 'We came out in the rain, in wheelchairs.'"