BUSHWICK - More than 200 people frustrated by poor living conditions marched in Bushwick today for an improved housing maintenance code.
Marchers called on the city's Department of Housing, Preservation and Development to increase the impact of Alternative Enforcement Program, an initiative that selects 200 of the city’s most distressed residential buildings and works to improve them.
Protesters and members of community advocacy group Make the Road New York said the current program’s methods are not effective. They say they want to see the program expanded by 40 percent. Members say they also want to increase communication between landlords and tenants, especially when it comes to timelines of repairs.
Officials with the Alternative Enforcement Program say they have serious concerns regarding the advocacy group and said that they do not accurately represent the parameters and success of the program.