Starrett City tenants demand a say in housing sale

BROOKLYN - Starrett City tenants' struggle to maintain their affordable housing continued Wednesday at a rally outside City Hall.

Tenants, elected officials and members of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now are calling for the creation of a panel of tenants to approve all potential bids on Starrett City.

Tenants are demanding bidders maintain Section 8 housing, as well as guarantee services such as security and grounds keeping. They are also looking for a commitment to develop vacant land and keeping it affordable.

"We are calling for a clear, open, transparent process so that bidders can be vetted by the community," said tenant Bertha Lewis.

The housing complex has been on the market for the last year. Supporters of the tenants include City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who says the Starrett City decision will set a precedent for affordable housing in the city.

Related information: New rent scare arises for Starrett City tenants

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

At least six people have been arrested and 1 Six arrested, 4 more sought in Coney Island gang assault video
A falling concrete planter struck and killed an 2 Child dies after being hit in head by concrete planter
Residents are concerned about the safety of items 3 The Buzz: Safety concerns in wake of 8-year-old boy's death
In honor of National Superhero Day, News 12 4 Word on the Street: Superheroes
There will be a few road closures over 5 Weekend travel advisory, April 28-30

advertisement | advertise on News 12


Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.