Sunday, August 26, 2007

Teach-In for Affordable Housing

The new Affordable Housing Committee of the Greenpoint Reformed Church, located on Milton Street, has discerned that neighborhood people need more information about the entire concept. Is "affordable housing" as good as it sounds? How is it financed? How can we sustain it, create it and maintain liveable neighborhoods? To answer these questions the Greenpoint Reformed Church is planning a fall Teach-In that will be open to everyone. Stay tuned for more details.

Similar to the request by the Municipal Arts Society regarding the draft EIS of the proposed Domino rezoing, Ann M. Kansfield and Jennifer Aull, the church's co-pastors, asked for disclosure of how the proposed affordable component of Domino Suagr will be "subsidized and allocated". More of their letter follows:

"As you are surely aware, the rapid gentrification and significant increase in real estate values and housing costs has had a profound impact upon the area of Greenpoint and Williamsburg. After prayerful consideration, our congregation has determined that affordable housing is one of the most pressing issues facing our community. Consequently, we have committed to finding ways of advocating for and securing affordable housing for all who seek to live in North Brooklyn.

In order for people in the neighborhood to comment constructively on the proposed environmental impact statement, we need more information about the affordable housing component of this project. In particular, how the proposed affordable housing will be subsidized and allocated, and how the community can be assured of such hosing actually becoming available."

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