Dozens rally in the Bronx against the opening of housing courts in NYC

Housing courts across the city opened Tuesday, but not all New Yorkers feel it was the right decision, with many thinking it is too soon.

News 12 Staff

Jul 7, 2020, 4:38 PM

Updated 1,421 days ago

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Housing courts across the city opened Tuesday, but not all New Yorkers feel it was the right decision, with many thinking it is too soon.
Dozens rallied outside Bronx Housing Court Tuesday, pushing for housing courts to remain closed.  
People rallied holding signs reading “eviction equals violence” and #CancelRent.
“I think it’s a public health disaster to make anyone become homeless during a pandemic,” says Nora Kenty, of Astoria, Queens.
Many voiced their concerns and argued housing courts are opening too soon.
 “Their incomes are down, they don’t know how they’re going to pay rent,” says community activist Fitzroy Christian.
People at the rally told News 12 they fear now that housing courts are open the homeless population will rise and COVID-19 cases will spike undoing all of the progress people have made by staying inside.
“Probably a new hot spot starting this virus all over again,” says Christian.
Those behind on bills also stressed they could be evicted during the pandemic and feel the only solution is action.
“I think if we are trying to slow the spread of the coronavirus. A sure way to eliminate the progress we’ve made is to make a lot of people homeless,” says Kenty.


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