Yesterday, thousands of New Yorkers rallied in front of New York’s City Hall in a show of solidarity for affordable housing.
Reportedly, the rally was organized by the Metro Industrial Area Foundation, and was mostly attended by congregants from New York City churches.
According to the New York Daily News, the foundation organized the rally in an attempt to persuade the mayor to back their plan for affordable housing, which “includes building 15,000 apartments for seniors on vacant NYCHA land.
The New York Daily News also states that Mayor De Blasio was invited to attend the rally by the foundation. However, he was instead marching in the Columbus Day parade.
The rally’s high turn-out, in spite heavy downpours, is indicative of the desperation and exasperation many New Yorkers feel concerning affordable housing.