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Statement on Department of Housing Preservation and Development Failure to Provide Reasonable Accommodation to Religiously Observant Family Targeted For “Downsizing”

NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued the following statement on the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development’s failure to provide reasonable accommodation to religiously observant families with Enhanced Housing Choice Vouchers (“sticky vouchers”) targeted for “downsizing.” Earlier today, Brewer transmitted a statement in support of one such family’s appeal directly to HPD.

“It is simply ghastly that an agency of the City of New York is in the position of forcing a family to violate their religious practices so that they can continue to afford their apartment, and doubly so when this agency’s action appears to violate federal Fair Housing law,” said Brewer in her statement. “I have written HPD this morning strongly urging them to reconsider the request in this case, and I encourage Mayor de Blasio to review HPD’s policies and procedures in this area.” Read more..

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