Senator Montgomery Urges Residents to Preserve Mitchell Lama Co-ops

Senator Velmanette Montgomery

February 24, 2017


Senator Montgomery joined her colleagues to urge the Board of 21 Saint James, a Mitchell Lama co-op, to vote no to privatization. She stressed the fact that Mitchell Lama buildings have been heavily subsidized to provide affordable housing for a whole generation of working class families. She urged them to place their decision in the greater context of the affordability and homelessness crises faced by our city and to allow a new generation to benefit from the same protections they received for so many years. 

“To lose 21 Saint James Place to privatization would be a major step backwards for our community and for our efforts to preserve and create affordable housing. Mitchell-Lama provided permanently affordable housing for a whole generation of working class families and in this case, the pride and influence that comes with being a stakeholder in a thriving community as well. We have a responsibility to ensure affordability for the next generation as well, especially in an environment where the cost of housing has risen exponentially with no end in sight," said Senator Montgomery."

Senator Montgomery Calls for Residents to Preserve Mitchell Lama Co-op

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