This morning, members of New York Communities for Change rallied outside of 250 Broadway, where NYCHA, the City Council and the State Legislature has offices, to call for the restoration of Section 8 vouchers.
Melissa and her colleagues Council Members Lander and Williams joined the rally to show their support.
In December of last year, 2,600 New Yorkers who had received Section 8 vouchers, but had not yet used them, had those vouchers revoked due to a budget shortfall.
While NYCHA did subsequently receive some extra funding from the federal government, there is still a $19 million deficit. Currently, the Authority is still considering reducing the subsidy level for its current vouchers, putting additional financial burdens on thousands of New Yorkers. They have also considered revoking even more Section 8 vouchers to address the budget shortfall.