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Brewer to HPD: Stop downsizing vulnerable Section 8 tenants, convene working group

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer is calling on the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) to halt the downsizing of the City’s most vulnerable 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. It continues: “Now that we have a clearer understanding of HPD’s long-term 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. …

“During the time of the moratorium, we propose forming a working group to explore additional solutions for HPD to rebuild its reserves. From the April 9 hearing and your letter, it is clear that having a sufficient reserve is both a necessary and prudent decision. A working group would be an ideal mechanism for exploring ways to rebuild HPD’s reserves other than through downsizing.”

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