Vacant Properties Rally

On Wednesday, December 2nd, Picture the Homeless held a rally outside of JP Morgan Chase Headquarters to demand that the bank convert its vacant properties into affordable housing for low-income and homeless New Yorkers.

You can read more about the rally here.  The article mentions a piece of legislation introduced by Melissa that will require a citywide count of vacant buildings as a first step to combat the “warehousing” of these properties:

There is no precise accounting of the amount of warehoused property Chase owns, but a City Council bill introduced by Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-East Harlem, Manhattan Valley, Mott Haven) would require the city to conduct a census count of vacant property every year, and to publish information online and in print concerning who owns the vacant property and when the property became vacant.

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