Q&A: Is Affordable Housing a Concern for You? Why or Why Not?

By Petr Svab
Petr Svab
Petr Svab
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Petr Svab is a reporter covering New York. Previously, he covered national topics including politics, economy, education, and law enforcement.
May 5, 2014 Updated: October 8, 2018

Chanita Granados, 27, secretary, Rego Park, Queens

Rent: $1,500 for one-bedroom apartment

Yea. Because everybody needs a place to live. I grew up in Manhattan but I can’t afford to live in Manhattan anymore. I actually live in Queens. The space that I have is a lot bigger. If the rent was lower, I would give up the space for the convenience of Manhattan.

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Valer Mircea. (Petr Svab/Epoch Times)

Valer Mircea, 80, printer, 43rd Street, Manhattan
Rent: $235 for one-bedroom apartment, Section 8

Affordable housing [is] in the Bronx, in Brooklyn—not here [on Lower Manhattan]. I lived under Hitler, Stalin, Ceausescu, and in Italy. Here in this country is the poorest place in the world I lived ever. Everything’s for the rich, nothing for the poor. [The rent] is $800, but I pay $235 [in] Section 8. That was my luck.

Update: The article was updated with the information that Christine Shevlin has been, at the time of publication, sharing the cost of rent with two other flatmates.

Petr Svab
Petr Svab
reporter
Petr Svab is a reporter covering New York. Previously, he covered national topics including politics, economy, education, and law enforcement.