Advocating for Affordable Housing in Queens

EDLI at Gov Mansion

New York is in a Housing Crisis. 

More than a third of New York City renters are severely rent burdened, paying more than half their incomes on rent.

Black and Brown families, essential workers, and seniors are being forced out of the city they love because they can no longer afford to live here.

Mary Beth Welsh, Executive Director of EMLI, and clergy from the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island went to Governor Hochul’s Manhattan Office this morning to urge her to use executive power to support building a 100% affordable community with homeownership opportunities at the state-owned Creedmoor site in Queens.

Together, leaders presented a letter signed by scores of faith leaders across NYC who support Public Land for Public Good - a grassroots movement of faith leaders, community organizations, renters, and homeowners from across New York City that is demanding a real solution for affordability in New York.

MB at Gov. Mansion

Creedmoor is an opportunity for real change.

Governor Hochul made a public promise to use all the tools at her disposal to address the housing crisis – including the utilization of state-owned land. So far, she hasn’t lived up to that promise.

Public land should be for the people, not for the profits of wealthy real estate developers. Governor Hochul can make this happen with the stroke of her pen. It’s time for the Governor to live up to her promises and deliver housing for New Yorkers.