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Manhattan BP demands halt on section 8 downsizing

Cyril Josh Barker | 5/22/2014, 1:31 p.m.

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer is calling on the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) to halt the downsizing of the city’s Section 8 residents and convene a working group to find alternate cost-saving solutions. The letter was signed by 26 elected officials and follows months of communication with HPD over Section 8 downsizing.

“Downsizing as it is currently being carried out affects mostly the elderly and those with physical and mental health needs,” the letter reads. “Now that we have a clearer understanding of HPD’s longterm sustainability plan and its current budgetary status until the end of 2015, we once again request HPD to place a hold on all downsizing resulting from the revised subsidy and payment standards.”

Brewer proposed the formation of a working group to explore additional solutions for HPD to rebuild its reserves. She added that a working group would be an ideal mechanism for exploring ways to rebuild HPD’s reserves other than through downsizing.