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Tenants, elected officials and affordable housing advocates rallied on Sunday, October 19 to protest Alma Realty's deregulation of affordable units in Brooklyn's Jewish Hospital Crown Heights apartment complex. Over the last several weeks, tenants have learned that Alma is now demanding market rate prices upon lease renewal.
New York City Public Advocate Letitia James, said, "While the rents in communities like Crown Heights steadily rise, Brooklyn Jewish Hospital apartments represent some of the few remaining affordable units in the community. We simply cannot allow these apartments to become deregulated, and risk displacing working-class New Yorkers."
Assemblyman Walter T. Mosley, said, "Crown Heights has changed dramatically over the course of the last 10 years and what once was affordable is no longer."
Senator Velmanette Montgomery, said, "Landlords cannot be allowed to decide arbitrarily whether an apartment is regulated or not: we have procedures to protect tenants and we will make sure that they are followed. We desperately need affordable housing, and this is about keeping affordable housing truly affordable."
Tenants said they would no longer be able to live in the city if the hike goes through.
Other officials also made statements, including BP Eric Adams, Council Member Laurie Cumbo, Lenore Friedlaender, executive director of Build Up NYC. Protesters were also joined by the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board, Pratt Area Community Council, Build Up NYC, Crown Heights Tenant Union, Real Affordability for All coalition and 32BJ SEIU.
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