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USA: Activists picket New York mayor's home to protest housing plan01:09

USA: Activists picket New York mayor's home to protest housing plan

United States, New York City
December 31, 2015 at 12:28 GMT +00:00 · Published

Activists and representatives from several community groups rallied outside the home of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, Wednesday, to protest against his 10-year afforable housing plan.

"This plan is an exclusionary plan. It excludes us. It is plain and simple, it's an exclusionary action plan. It's not inclusionary. And that is part of the big lie," one protester said during the event.

De Blasio introduced his housing plan on May 5, 2014. According to an official statement released by the mayor online, the plan was created to "build and preserve 200,000 affordable units over the coming decade for households, to support New Yorkers with a range of incomes, from the very lowest to those in the middle class." However since it was announced the plan has received widespread condemnation across New York City's five boroughs, with community representatives saying that it does not address the issue of affordable housing and in fact promotes gentrification that will displace residents in affected areas. In November, an advisory vote was held in which de Blasio's plan was rejected by four out of five New York City's Borough Boards.

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Activists and representatives from several community groups rallied outside the home of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, Wednesday, to protest against his 10-year afforable housing plan.

"This plan is an exclusionary plan. It excludes us. It is plain and simple, it's an exclusionary action plan. It's not inclusionary. And that is part of the big lie," one protester said during the event.

De Blasio introduced his housing plan on May 5, 2014. According to an official statement released by the mayor online, the plan was created to "build and preserve 200,000 affordable units over the coming decade for households, to support New Yorkers with a range of incomes, from the very lowest to those in the middle class." However since it was announced the plan has received widespread condemnation across New York City's five boroughs, with community representatives saying that it does not address the issue of affordable housing and in fact promotes gentrification that will displace residents in affected areas. In November, an advisory vote was held in which de Blasio's plan was rejected by four out of five New York City's Borough Boards.

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