4 thoughts on “Building Justice: How Homeownership Failed NYC’s Black Families

  1. So here in Sunset Park in Brooklyn the Fifth Avenue Committee is trying to buy the site of our only local Public Library from the City. They say the will build 49-units of affordable housing, install a new bigger library(the current library will be temporarily housed locally) and grant 50% of these affordable units to the local community families.

    The problem as I see it is Sunset Park has the highest rate of over-crowded rental units in Brooklyn(#5 in NYC). We are that friendly a people. Half of the rental units are regulated and half are not. Only some two dozen local families have ended up in the NYC shelter system(the lowest of all NYC). We have decent landlords too.

    I am on the local community board and have argued that 100% of the units go to locals. We have demonstrated the real need is here. Adding some two dozen families from afar will only exacerbate our current overcrowding problem. Does any of this make sense?

    The latest stats on population indicate the area is overwhelmingly Hispanic and Asian with a minority of “White Non-Hispanic” and an African-American population of only 2%(down from 3%).

    I’m of a mind that Jane Jacobs was right that to sustain communities you have to keep the current residents who have already chosen to stay by giving them what they need remain. Again I ask: does any of this make sense?

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  3. Gracias. Thanks so much for this opening/article on the complete racist attitudes and policies in housing . It is an institution that under this system is able to keep working folks of color down and unable to avail themselves of any of the so called American dream aspects. IT IS A NIGHTMARE.

    Please consider opening up the public’s eyes as well as advocacy groups on the racist attitudes and policies of Mitchell Lama Co ops. Penn South is an example of so called great liberal words. If one looks at the reality of how many dark people of color actually have made it through the PHOTO required process , etc and actually now live there for more than 5 years it will be an interesting expose of that management. Surely something can be done?

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