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Equal Rights

End the “Poor Door”

Relegating low- and moderate-income residents of new, mixed-income developments to a “poor door” is wrong and must stop immediately.

New York City thrives on fairness and diversity. Creating a two-tier system in the same building is anathema to everything that makes Manhattan great. I consider any separate-but-equal rationalization an offensive relic of history.Today, July 25, 2014, I stood on City Hall steps to demand revisions to the city’s Inclusionary Housing Zoning Text and to rebut developers’ claims that separate entrances are needed to obtain financing.

As New York City ramps up construction of affordable housing within mixed-income developments, it is imperative that these developments uphold the values of our inclusive city. 

UPDATE: Brewer urges reforms to Inclusionary Housing rules to close the “poor door”

New York, N.Y. – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer today called on the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and City Planning Commission to swiftly close a loophole in the City’s Inclusionary Housing rules to prevent developers from creating separate entrances for lower-income tenants in new developments – the so-called “poor door” – among other reforms.


Gale Brewer gives a speech to small crowd

Categories: Equal Rights, Housing