Tenants' united front helps run out landlord at the Gates Patchen complex in Bedford-Stuyvesant
More than 100 tenants of the Gates Patchen complex are about to take ownership of their apartments after the federal housing department seized the building.
Tenants say with help from the city's housing department, affordable housing lenders and the federal government, they are taking over the building to improve conditions. The tenants say their united front against their landlord finally helped them get the building turned into a co-op.
The city is going to contribute millions of dollars for renovations with the hope that it will improve the community. The tenants will take over the building as soon as the non-profit organization doing the renovations finishes.