Councilman Torres, housing advocates lament Trump's proposed public housing cuts

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Housing advocates rallied Friday against the Trump administration's proposed budget plan to slash federal funding for public housing.
 
The administration set out for steep cuts in funding for the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
 
Councilman Ritchie Torres sounded the alarm on public housing cuts Friday. He says under the president's budget plan, public housing stands to lose $8.7 million in funding.
 
"Under the Trump budget, NYCHA would receive zero funding for roofs and bricks, zero funding for boilers and elevators, electric systems, plumbing, heating systems," says Torres.
 
Torres say the cuts would not only impact repairs, but could mean an increase in rent for tenants.
 
"It would on average raise the rents of public housing residents by 40 percent, and Section 8 residents by 20 percent," says Torres.
 
He adds that federal cuts would also slash funding for critical housing programs that deal with emergency repairs and inspections, as well as other initiatives that support affordable housing.
 
Leticia Rivera lives in Tremont's Monterey Houses. The tenant advocate is worried that without necessary funding, her building could fall into further disrepair.
 
"We are suffering already, imagine with no funds for public housing? We would suffer double," says Rivera.
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