Housing

An architectural firm's rendering of The Peninsula in Hunts Point.

Funding announced for new housing developments

Housing August 14, 2018 at 12:25 pm 0 comments

The Bronx Borough President’s office has allocated more than $3 million in capital funding for five housing developments, including $800,000 for The Peninsula on Spofford Avenue in Hunts Point and $500,000 for a new development at 111 Willow Avenue in Port Morris. 

Betances Houses hosts second annual Green Day

Betances Houses hosts second annual Green Day

Education, Housing July 8, 2018 at 2:45 pm 0 comments

Dozens of residents from local housing projects came together on June 29 in order to promote anti-violence for young people at the second annual Green Day, a community effort to plant flowers and improve local gardens.

NYCHA resident fights for community garden

NYCHA resident fights for community garden

Housing June 24, 2018 at 12:00 pm 0 comments

The goal is to convert the former garden space in the center of the Mill Brook Houses complex into an active community garden with produce, flowers, a seating area and educational programs.   

Photo by Juan B. G

Bronxites push back against proposed rent hikes

Housing June 21, 2018 at 3:20 pm 0 comments

The NYC Rent Guidelines Board is considering an increase of 0.75% and 2.75% for one-year lease renewals, and 1.75% to 3.75% for two-year renewals. Tenants packed a public hearing at Hostos Community College on June 11 to tell the nine-member board that that those hikes are too high, and they may not be able to pay them.

Waterfront development proposals stir concern

Waterfront development proposals stir concern

Environment, Housing June 6, 2018 at 10:19 pm 0 comments

The rush is on to develop a 13-acre, state-owned site on the Harlem River waterfront in Port Morris. So far, two ambitious proposals have been leaked to the media—one calling for a soccer stadium and 550 apartments, the other calling for 2,000 units. Both would include retail and community space. But environmental advocates and City Councilwoman Diana Ayala say that neither proposal is good for residents.

Protesters. Photo by Trevor Boyer.

Local church group stumps for NYCHA budget boost

Housing June 2, 2018 at 8:45 pm 0 comments

On May 14, organizers from Metro IAF affiliate South Bronx Churches led Councilman Rafael Salamanca through two NYCHA apartments in his district that exemplify worst of the city’s public housing, one in Union Avenue Consolidated and the other in Melrose Houses.

Rosa Velez in her apartment at OUB Houses in Mott Haven. Photo: Trevor Boyer

Mitchell-Lama seniors cry foul over rent app

Housing April 27, 2018 at 11:44 am 0 comments

Elderly residents of a Mott Haven Mitchell-Lama complex who receive Section 8 subsidies worry that their management company’s plan to switch to online-only billing is part of a ploy to get rid of non tech-savvy tenants like them.

Randy Dillard shared his experiences in Bronx housing court at a town hall at Monroe College this month to spread awareness about Right to Council, a bill funding council for low-income tenants facing eviction. Photo: Anna Brooks

Tenants hope new law will help stave off displacement

Housing, Politics April 24, 2018 at 11:34 am 0 comments

“Rezoning and gentrification are one and the same, and they cause displacement,” said a housing advocate from CASA: Community Action for Safe Apartments. “It hurts my heart to see my community members when they’re crying and have nowhere to go.”