After last week's police raid on gangs in the Grant and Manhattanville housing projects, anti-violence advocates are seeking to defuse tensions and direct more funding to community organizations.
The former St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital staff housing building on 113th Street and Amsterdam Avenue will reopen on June 1 as a luxury rentals building after a two-year renovation by Stonehenge Partners.
Graffiti and a gang assault on April 11 have tenant leaders worried that gang violence is on the rise at the Frederick Douglass Houses.
The rally was the latest development in an escalating battle between tenant groups and HPD, after U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development budget cuts forced HPD to reduce voucher sizes and ask residents to move into smaller apartments.
A week after workers started clearing the north plot of the cathedral's campus, federal, state, and city officials joined local activists on Saturday morning to protest the development.
In its ruling, the court rejected locals’ claim that the area was “over-saturated” with support housing, an argument used since the shelter opened in 2012.
Preservationists are up in arms about the poor safety record and alleged criminal history of Breeze National, the contractor selected to clear the north campus of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in preparation for apartment construction.
Upcoming changes to the Housing Assistance Program include the creation of forgivable loans and shared appreciation mortgages.
Ahead of public housing funding changes that will transfer money from security toward repairs, the tenants of local public housing complexes say that the city needs to look instead at the relationship between police and residents instead.
According to a Department of Housing Preservation and Development spokesperson, the financing agreement for the renovations was reached in December 2013, and construction is expected to start this spring.
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