Grand Street News Can Rosie Save NYCHA

New York Governor Eliot Spitzer last month signed legislation that would increase the shelter allowance provided to public housing authorities serving families on public assistance. According to City Council Public Housing Subcommittee Chairperson Rosie Mendez, the new law covers about 6000 New York City Housing Authority residents.

"The recent shelter allowance gives NYCHA equal treatment with private landlords," explains Mendez. "Prior to this law, NYCHA received only $168 per family of four in a two bedroom apartment, while a private landlords got $450 for the same."

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