Last Friday, I was joined outside of 267 Rogers Avenue by residents and local elected officials who braved the heavy downpour to urge Mayor Bill de Blasio to repurpose this building as permanent, low-income housing.
The 132-family shelter is one of three slated to open in Crown Heights (two of which are in my district), a community faced with rapid displacement, gentrification, an oversaturation of homeless shelters and new development.
From Fort Greene to Crown Heights, the residents of the 35th Council District have been displaced in record numbers. The City of New York is facing the largest housing crisis in decades. We need to enable homeless families to become self-sufficient with permanent, low-income housing to curb the rise of homelessness and poverty, which predominantly affects women and children.
I invite you to join this important community conversation this THURSDAY on the proposed shelter at 267 Rogers Avenue and call on the Mayor to reform the city’s approach to end homelessness by fixing the flawed system that has left thousands of families languishing for months and years in dilapidated shelters.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call my district office at (718) 260-9191.
Yours in Partnership,
Laurie A. Cumbo
Member of the New York City Council
35th District, Brooklyn