Letter: Hospital Site Development Must Include Affordable Housing
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Starwood is proposing the largest multi-family development in the Port Chester’s history with no affordable/workforce housing set-aside even though they have forced out all of the tenants in the existing affordable/workforce housing at 999 High St. They plan to tear down the 134-unit building. To make it even worse, even though 27 out of the last 41 remaining families (former United Hospital employees) were able to receive Section 8 Vouchers aided by the interceding of community activists, only four of those 27 families were able to find suitable affordable apartments in zip code 10573. Two other families moved to other zip codes in Westchester. Six families moved to Connecticut and one family to Pennsylvania. None of the remaining 14 Section 8 recipients were able to find affordable apartments that accepted Section 8 Vouchers and the Vouchers expired.
One family moved into Port Chester Housing Authority senior housing. We have not been informed by Starwood where the 13 families with expired Section 8 Vouchers and the other 14 families who did not receive Section 8 Vouchers moved. Apparently almost all of the families who said they wanted to remain in Port Chester near family, friends, churches, etc. were unable to do so. In the old days, this type of relocation was called “urban removal.”
Starwood has the moral responsibility as mitigation to include at least 134 affordable apartments in their proposed development and offer first priority to the families forced to leave 999 High St.