Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer visited the Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City — the largest public housing development in North America — to urge the Biden administration to double its funding for public housing in the American Jobs Plan.
Schumer joined community leaders and called for at least an $80 billion investment in federal public housing funds to remedy decades of disinvestment, bad management and federal neglect.
“For far too long, our public housing infrastructure needs have been left unaddressed, left to get worse, and have brought serious harm to hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers,” Schumer said. “Lead in the bodies of our children. Toxic mold in the lungs of our friends and neighbors. Leaky roofs. Dilapidated playgrounds. Non-working elevators. Unsafe environments. Polluting and expensive boilers and heating systems.The maddening list goes on and on.”