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Statement of Coalition Inviting Presidential Candidates
To Visit Public Housing and Address Affordable Housing Issues
Thank you to Secretary Clinton for being the first Presidential candidate to respond to our call to visit a
New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) public housing development, speak with residents, and
address issues of public and affordable housing facing low-income New Yorkers and Americans.
As a coalition of public housing residents, advocates, and elected officials, we appreciate your visit to Corsi
Houses in East Harlem (along with New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito). In your
remarks, you spoke with clear conviction about the conditions facing public housing residents, other lowincome Americans struggling with affordable housing, and the need to connect housing to opportunity. We
also appreciate your Op-Ed in El Diario about these issues.
In your Op-Ed and your remarks, you reiterated your "Breaking Every Barrier Platform," which includes
support for affordable housing programs such as the Low Income Housing Tax Credit, Section 8 Housing
Choice Vouchers, homeownership support, and fair housing, and noted your ongoing support for the
National Housing Trust Fund.
We were especially encouraged that you committed for the first time in the campaign, by any candidate,
as far as we are aware to fight for increased federal funding for public housing, and to work to connect
investments in public housing to broader community economic development and the creation of
opportunities for residents.
We also want to thank Lawrence O'Donnell of the Last Word on MSNBC for giving national attention to
the forgotten city of public housing, home to more than 700,000 New Yorkers.
We call on the other Presidential candidates to respond to our invitation as well. Please visit public housing,
see conditions first-hand, talk to resident leaders, and hear their stories both about the necessity of public
housing as a resource for low-income families, and about the consequences of decades of federal
disinvestment. Then, let the public know what your plans are to address the urgent issues of public and
affordable housing. These are critical issues for millions of people, not only in New York City, but all
across the United States.
New York City Council Member Ritchie Torres
New York City Council Member Brad Lander
New York City Council Member Jumaane Williams
Community Service Society
Community Voices Heard
Families United for Racial and Economic Equality
Good Old Lower East Side
Legal Aid Society NYC
National Low Income Housing Coalition