Permanent, secured, reliable, and dignified housing is a human right and, if elected, Frangell will serve for permanent affordable housing and he will fight against the institutionalized prejudice and classism that stands against the constituents of New York – 15 and lower-income Americans.
Frangell and his family lost from their childhood apartment on the Grand Concourse when he was eleven years of age after ongoing financial difficulties. They entered the homeless shelter system in New York, moving to various sites in the Bronx and Manhattan, before settling in Fox House, a transitional housing unit for women and their children. There, he met women and children whose families were victims of domestic violence, had been overcrowded from others’ apartments, were recovering from substance abuse, had lost their employment and main source of income, and learned about the various reasons why families in New York and in the greatest nation in the world would lose their homes. After a year there, he resettled on Mount Hope Place, by the Grand Concourse and East Tremont, where he spent the great years that were his adolescence, and he and his family have lived in Section 8 Housing since.
In the greatest nation in the world, no family should struggle to maintain their home. In the greatest nation in the world, housing will become a human right for all, and especially for New York – 15 and for our most vulnerable communities. Frangell is committed to protecting all of our residents from experiencing housing insecurity and from the politicians who have jeopardized or endangered our people’s right to a secure and permanent living environment.
We will protect NYCHA from politicians’ attacks and their attempt to privatize our public housing complexes, which completely disregards tenants and tenants’ rights. The privatization of our public housing has resulted in an alarming increase of tenants being evicted at higher rates through the housing court, enabling community-wide gentrification and our constituents’ displacement, and gross injustices against our tenants. We are going to address and fix the procedural deficiencies of NYCHA’s administrative hearings and other processes that target and silence our residents. We will address the corruption in the contracting and in NYCHA’s dealings with private companies. Private companies and managers will no longer benefit from our people’s need for housing and our city, our state and our nation will choose the people.
We will champion, defend, and introduce legislation that caters to low-income and working-class people and guarantees housing.