Housing

Families fight banks for loan modifications

African American, Economy, Housing, Latino, Metro Area, Video January 22, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Judge: city housing plan boosts segregation

African American, Brooklyn, Housing, In the News, New York January 18, 2012 at 2:26 pm

A state judge has ruled that a planned Brooklyn housing development would violate federal law and increase segregation in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Amsterdam News reports that Mayor Michael Bloomberg is planning to appeal the decision of state judge Emily Goodman.

Vacant Lefferts Hotel in Bedford-Stuyvesant

Bed-Stuy building owners wait for market rebound

Brooklyn, Economy, Housing, In the News January 18, 2012 at 12:50 pm

Advocates for the homeless have found that Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn “has the highest density per square mile of vacant property buildings and lots” in New York City. The Brooklyn Ink is reporting that building owners are engaging in the practice of “warehousing,” which involves owners “sitting” on empty properties until housing prices go up for a more profitable sale.

OWS moves into housing injustice

Brooklyn, Economy, Housing, Video January 13, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Members of Occupy Wall Street occupy foreclosed, vacant houses in East New York.

St. Anthony of Padua Church in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Greenpoint church to aid the homeless

Brooklyn, Featured Posts, Housing January 11, 2012 at 12:32 pm

When the temperatures drop in Greenpoint, the St Anthony of Padua Church will open its door to homeless members of the community. In addition, the Polish Consulate has provided sleeping bags for people with no place to call home, since a large portion of Greenpoint’s homeless community is Polish.

Thousands without heat during frigid temps

Thousands without heat during frigid temps

Brooklyn, Housing, In the News, Latino, New York January 8, 2012 at 9:47 pm

Last week’s wave of freezing temperatures literally plunged thousands of families into the cold. During the first four days of the new year, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) received a total of 5,480 reports from people that didn’t have heating.

Secret sanctuary against abuse in East Harlem

Health, Housing, Immigration, In the News, Manhattan, New York January 4, 2012 at 3:16 pm

The Violence Intervention Program was founded in East Harlem in 1984 to provide services like counseling and emergency shelter or transitional housing for abused women. The organization is located in an inconspicuous building and its address is kept secret to protect victims in search of a fresh and safe start.

Debate over homeless shelter continues in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Greenpoint residents object to homeless shelter

Brooklyn, Featured Posts, Housing, New York, Politics January 4, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Residents of Greenpoint, Brooklyn are confronted by the reality of homelessness daily. The Brooklyn Bureau reports that men and women sleep on city sidewalks, in the subway station, in McGlorick and McCarren parks, and under the BQE. According to a report by the Coalition for the Homeless, New York CityRead More

Cold winter in Brooklyn shelter

Cold winter in Brooklyn shelter

Brooklyn, Housing, In the News, New York January 3, 2012 at 9:50 am

It’s another cold winter for homeless families living in one of the city’s worst shelters. The Auburn Family Reception Center in Fort Greene, Brooklyn is known as the birth place of basketball legend Michael Jordan, but it is also notorious for poor heating, misbehaving security guards, and as Brooklyn Ink reports, really bad food.

Seniors kicked out of large apartments

City displaces seniors to make way for large families

Bronx, Featured Posts, Housing, New York January 2, 2012 at 8:53 am

It’s the end of the line for seniors who live alone in three bedroom NYCHA apartments. The city is clearing them out to make way for larger families.

Worst landlord in the Bronx

Bronx, Brooklyn, Housing, In the News, Latino, Manhattan, New York December 31, 2011 at 3:01 pm

The award for the worst landlord in the Bronx goes to… 1071 Home Corp. Being home for the holidays is not a happy experience for tenants of this company’s eight buildings. Problems like pests, a lack of safety, and delayed repairs are among the litany of woes that this landlord’s mostly Latino tenants endure.

Estevez gets keys to new home

Update: Kidney patient gets home

Housing, In the News, Latino, Manhattan, New York, Politics December 30, 2011 at 4:58 pm

It’s being described as the miracle in Washington Heights. A week ago we told you about Octavio Estevez, a 54 year old homeless kidney patient who could not qualify for a transplant because he had no permanent address. Manhattan Times reports that the city came through and delivered the gift of shelter.

Discount stores in Bed-Stuy

No new jobs from Bed-Stuy gentrificiation

A City Limits report points out that the predominantly African American and West Indian neighborhoods of central Brooklyn have seen the greatest jump in unemployment since the onset of the Great Recession. Unemployment in Bedford-Stuyvesant and the northern slice of Crown Heights has leapt from 6.0% in 2008 to 15.3%Read More

Caring for colonies of stray cats

Bronx, Communities, Environment, Housing, New York December 24, 2011 at 11:21 am

A handful of kind hearted pet lovers in the Bronx have created “cat colonies” to feed and care for feral cats roaming the streets. The Bronx has no full-service animal shelter. Norwood News reports that the not for profit Animal Care and Control operates only in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island.

Rivera-James family spending Christmas in city shelter

Christmas in a city shelter

Economy, Housing, Immigration, New York December 21, 2011 at 5:00 pm

When seven-year-old Anthony wrote his letter to Santa Claus asking for Christmas presents, his first request was a house for his family. “I want a nice house for my mother, where my friends can come and play with me and we can all have fun,” said Anthony, serious-faced as heRead More