CONGRESSMAN ADRIANO ESPAILLAT STATEMENT TO PUSH FOR MORE AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND PRESERVATION OF AFFORDABILITY FOR LAKEVIEW APARTMENTS

May 26, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congressman Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) issued the following statement regarding efforts to provide more affordable housing and ensure the preservation of affordable housing for renters at Lakeview apartments.

“Affordable housing and ensuring the availability of affordable housing for residents is a cornerstone of our community,” said Rep. Espaillat. “Since coming to Congress, I have advocated more funding for affordable housing, as well as the preservation of affordability for renters in the Lakeview Apartments. That is why I will introduce new legislation to amend the provisions of the Department of Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act of 2012 to establish a rental assistance demonstration program for tenants in need.

“Lakeview has served as home for families and elderly individuals since 1974. However, the affordability of those apartments is now under severe stress.  It is critical that we work to maintain Lakeview’s affordability by ensuring comparable market rent to preserve the quality housing and affordability for its residents.

“At Lakeview and in communities across the country, residents should have the ability to live in their home without the fear of rising rents or displacement.”

In addition to his legislation to increase the Rental Assistance Demonstration cap, Rep. Espaillat has provided an overview to the tenants at Lakeview apartments of the actions taken to date, that also include his testifying before the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (T-HUD) Appropriations Subcommittee and his work to ensure affordability language was included in the FY 17 federal funding, known as "the omnibus," and was able to successfully increase the cap under the program.   

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