Looking to convince Mayor Michael Bloomberg to include affordable housing in his Willets Point development plan, the Queens Housing Coalition and City Council Member Julissa Ferreras will participate in an open meeting at St. Sebastian Parish Center, 39-60 57th St. in Woodside, on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 7 pm.
An alliance of seven borough-based organizations, QHC claims that Mayor Bloomberg promised to build affordable housing in Willets Point in 2008. However, the administration recently announced that those plans had been postponed until 2025 in order to build a shopping mall that would be the largest in New York City.
“The population of the Queens borough is growing at an alarming rate and the city has not put in the effort to create affordable housing projects that meet the demand,” stated a QHC tenant leader. “We are very pleased that [Council Member Ferreras] has accepted our invitation to the next QHC monthly meeting. It is important to feel the support from elected officials and to advocate for community input in such an important project.”
Council Member Ferreras’ district includes the Willets Point area and Corona, Elmhurst and
parts of Jackson Heights. QHC consists of Centro Hispano Cuzcatlan (Jamaica), Queens
Community House (Jackson Heights), Catholic Migration Office (Sunnyside), Woodside on The
Move (Woodside,) Chhaya CDC (Jackson Heights), Minkwon Center for Community Action
(Flushing) and Asian Americans For Equality (Flushing).