Community leaders march for more senior housing in Bushwick

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Community leaders marched on Bushwick Sunday to call for more senior housing.

A marching band lead the procession between several vacant lots owned by NYCHA, which local leaders say could be used to build some housing for seniors.

East Brooklyn Congregations, which organized the rally, gained support from elected officials for a plan that would build 15,000 units of senior housing on NYCHA land across the city.

"Seniors that have been living here for 30, 40 years can no longer live here anymore. They're pushing them out, they've nowhere to go, they have to live with their families or go in to a shelter," says community organizer Blanche Romey. "Why not build our seniors somewhere decent to live if you have the lots."

NYCHA tells News 12 in part that "Increasing housing opportunities for all New Yorkers on underutilized land is an important part of our NextGeneration NYCHA plan. We welcome having a conversation with residents and community leaders on the possibility of developing on this site."

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