Nolan Opposes Sale of Public Housing

November 29, 2007

Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan was one of fifteen members of the New York State Assembly to write to Secretary Alphonso Jackson of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to oppose the sale of public housing as a solution to the current housing crisis.

“If developers convince the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) to sell public housing, pushing out long time residents, it would be terrible. While the city might receive a fat paycheck we must ask at what cost? What will happen to our diverse communities and the accompanying infusion of cultural benefits we receive through their presence,” asked Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan.

Legislators who represent neighborhoods where public housing exists, such as those in Nolan’s district in Ravenswood, Queensbridge and Astoria, are wary of unchecked development already on the rise in the City.

Assemblywoman Nolan said, “We must ensure that both the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the New York City Housing Authority are clear that the sale of public housing is not a good idea and would without a doubt intensify the current lack of affordable housing. I submit that it is our responsibility to find a solution that benefits the people we serve”.

Assemblyman Keith L.T. Wright, Chairman of the Committee on Social Services, has introduced legislation (A.9531), which Assemblywoman Nolan is co-sponsoring, that would not allow NYCHA to sell properties on its own. “New York State must take action to prevent any and all transfers of public housing stock. These properties are some of New York City’s most valuable commodities and they should neither be treated as private property nor as a means to an end of NYCHA’s budget woes,” said Assemblyman Wright.

“I look forward to working with Assemblyman Wright to pass this legislation,” said Assemblywoman Nolan.