Housing activists, Bronx pols set 2023 state housing priorities

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Housing justice advocates across the state rallied on Thursday to call attention to their legislative priorities for 2023, which includes five bills that have the backing of Bronx politicians.

The Housing Justice for All advocacy group’s announcement on Thursday came in conjunction with 30 groups across the state, including the Northwest Bronx Communities and Clergy Coalition, and 23 state lawmakers, including Bronx Assemblymembers Karines Reyes and Amanda Septimo, though several Bronx politicians are listed as sponsors on the bills.

Reyes, a Parkchester Progressive, told the Bronx Times that the policy changes would go a long way in the Bronx, where housing is one of the biggest issues impacting residents.

“We have a serious housing crisis,” Reyes said. “ …. And we have a lot of people that are living in substandard conditions. So we are doing the best we can from a policy lens to ensure that people have adequate housing that is dignified, that they can continue to stay in the communities that they’ve lived in and known for years without being displaced.”

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