The Bronx and the rest of New York City are facing unprecedented levels of housing insecurity and homelessness. The marketplace isn’t meeting the needs for more housing and everyday working class people are extremely rent burdened. No one should be spending more than 30% of their annual income on rent.
Due to modern day urban renewal and gentrification, rents are increasing at an all time high and pushing the Bronx’s most vulnerable residents into homelessness. 41% of Bronx residents are severely rent-burdened.
When Troy’s family first came to NYC from Puerto Rico, they found a manageable place to live in the New York City Housing Authority apartments (NYCHA) but today those same apartments are infested with mold and vermin, lack heat, lack hot water, and are making people sick. NYCHA is the largest public housing system in the United States with over 400,000 residents across 325 public housing developments and another 235,000 in section 8 leased housing.