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Advocates fear NYCHA's plans to transform Section 9 housing will put tenants at risk

Public housing advocates are calling on NYCHA to stop its Blueprint for Change plan in an effort to save Section 9 housing.

News 12 Staff

May 30, 2022, 9:50 PM

Updated 751 days ago

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Public housing advocates are calling on NYCHA to stop its Blueprint for Change plan in an effort to save Section 9 housing.
The Blueprint for Change was introduced by NYCHA Chair Greg Russ to address tenants' needs, such as improving conditions and repairs by securing more funding.
The blueprint proposes transferring current Section 9 tenants into a public housing preservation trust, in which they will receive Section 8 vouchers instead.
NYCHA says its properties will still be public and current tenants will keep their full rights and protections and not lose their homes.
However, advocates say the blueprint opens room for privatization, which would put tenants at risk of displacement, harassment and homelessness.
Advocates went door-to-door to inform Stuyvesant Gardens tenants about the plan and collect signatures for a petition against the blueprint.
Housing advocates also plan to camp outside of Sen. Julia Salazar's office to further push against the preservation trust.


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