Rep. Ocasio-Cortez holds town hall in AllertonPosted: Updated:
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez held a town hall meeting in Allerton Thursday night, where she spoke about public housing issues in the Bronx and across the country.
Ocasio-Cortez says she views housing as a human right, citing federal public housing laws from generations ago that promised affordable housing to all Americans.
A major purpose of the town hall was to gather input from NYCHA residents for legislation she is introducing.
Ocasio-Cortez is calling the legislation a housing rights package, saying it would protect tenants from 'just cause' evictions, and get them access to counsel if someone getting evicted can't afford a lawyer.
Another goal is national protection against rent increases. This gets rid of the "one strike" policy, which currently allows evictions for public housing tenants that commit violent or drug crimes.
Ocasio-Cortez says she wants to create laws that are informed and led by NYCHA residents. She says no one understands public housing better than the tenants themselves.
Ocasio-Cortez introduced the Fair Chance At Housing Act last month with Sen. Kamala Harris that would give people with criminal records fair access to affordable housing.