BEDFORD-STUYVESANT, BROOKLYN — A now-vacant lot in Bed-Stuy could sprout 12 new, affordable housing units with deeds in the hands of whoever lives there. And similar abandoned city-owned spots across Brooklyn and the city can do the same.
It's only a matter of a $44 million drop in a bucket billions of dollars deep.
So said a group of lawmakers and advocates who gathered on frigid Friday afternoon at the corner of Howard Avenue and Madison Street, right outside a vacant lot where Habitat For Humanity plans to build an affordable housing co-op.
They called for increased state funding — $18 million more for a $44 million total — for per-unit new home ownership construction.
State Sen. Zellnor Myrie said the state can provide an affordable path to home ownership.
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