New York City

De Blasio touts progress in affordable housing plan

January 19, 2015 By Jonathan Lemire Associated Press
Bill de Blasio. AP Photo/Richard Drew
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Mayor Bill de Blasio is announcing that New York City took an important first step to reach his ambitious affordable housing goal.

De Blasio said Thursday that the city financed the creation and preservation of more than 17,300 affordable housing units in 2014.

That is enough to house nearly 42,000 people.

The city had originally projected developing 16,000 units for 2014, de Blasio’s first year in office.

The mayor has set out a goal of saving or creating 200,000 affordable units over 10 years.

De Blasio said that despite rising costs New York has to be “a city for all.”

Of the 17,000 units, about 6,190 are new units. The rest were preserved.

De Blasio’s aides have said that affordable housing would be a centerpiece of the mayor’s 2015 agenda.

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