Mayor announces record year for affordable housing

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NEW YORK -

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday announced that this year has been the city's most successful on record for affordable housing.

"This city financed more affordable housing than in any fiscal year in the history of New York City -- 32,000 apartments," he said.

The administration says it's on target to become the "Fairest Big City" in the country.

Thursday's announcement came on the heels of the anti-tenant harassment unit, a newly formed agency designed to protect the rights of tenants by providing more inspections, enforcement and civil actions against landlords who violate the law.

The city says close to 60 percent of all homes financed will serve New Yorkers making less than $47,000 a year for a family of three. De Blasio admits that the struggle for affordable housing is an unfortunate reality for many but says the city is working to change that.

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