Serrano Connects Eastwood Residents With Housing Experts

José M. Serrano

February 07, 2008

The event brought together Urban American, the management company, and the Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR), which administers the Section 8 program at Eastwood.

Also featured on the panel were representatives from the Center for the Independence of the Disabled New York (CIDNY), the City-Wide Task Force on Housing Court, the Office of the New York City Comptroller, and Eviction Intervention Services (EIS).

The event was co-sponsored with EIS and the Eastwood Residents Association. Lynne Strong-Shinozaki from EIS moderated the panel. It was followed by one-on-one breakout sessions between residents and panelists in the basement community room.

"Last year's housing forum was a great way to understand the problem and help organize residents. This year we have increased the focus," said the Senator. "To have residents meet one-on-one with management or DHCR is essential to solving persistent troubles."

At least 30 residents took part in the one-on-one meetings. The Senator's office and Eviction Intervention Services have promised to ensure that all cases discussed receive appropriate follow-up from management and DHCR.