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STORY: Materials for the Arts in LIC invites educators to their fourth
annual supply ‘shopping spree’
SUMMARY: From Aug. 20 to the end of September, Materials for the
Arts will be hosting the fourth annual “Back to School” kickoff , where
public schools and nonprofi ts are invited to get free supplies for their
REACH: 13,277 people (as of 8/20/18)
Keep Queens aff ordable for all families
Last week, the Department of Buildings released a rather revealing map
that shows more than just active construction projects across the fi ve boroughs.
A closer look found that 21 million square feet of apartment space is going
up right here in Queens, accounting for just over 10 percent of the 200 million
square feet of building space being created across the city. Th at refl ects
the high demand for new housing units in the borough, and the potential for
And yet, another report released by StreetEasy found that rents in Queens
are spiking particularly in areas where more families call home. For example,
Elmhurst rents, on average, jumped about 36 percent year over year.
Raising a family in Queens is hard enough with all the normal costs associated
with child-rearing. Parents sacrifi ce a great deal and work harder and
harder to earn enough to support their children and provide them with the
essentials of life — food, clothing and shelter.
Many families teeter on the edge of fi nancial failure due to the rising cost
of housing in this borough. Most fi nd themselves priced out of the market,
and forced to move to cheaper areas of the city or state; some, unfortunately,
have nowhere else to go, and wind up becoming part of the city’s ever-growing
Imagine what it must feel like for a working mom or dad to aff ord food and
clothes for their kids, but not a place to live — and being ultimately forced
to stay either with other relatives or friends, or live in a shelter. It’s a horrible
choice that no parent should have to make.
Families in Queens ought to be able to aff ord a home of their own here in
Queens. While “aff ordable housing” units are oft en reserved in many of the
new developments going up in the borough, not everyone meets the fi nancial
criteria to qualify for aff ordable apartments.
Th e city and state need to do more to make Queens more aff ordable for
everyone. In addition to tweaking aff ordable housing criteria to include more
working families in new developments, our lawmakers at City Hall and in
Albany must fi nd a way to institute new programs to deal with escalating
rents — either with new regulations aimed at preventing rental spikes or with
subsidies to help working families stay in their homes.
Let’s not shut out Queens families. Let’s do what we can to help them live,
work and grow here in the greatest borough on Earth.